Gov. Jerry Brown, touting what he called a “high bar” on climate change, on Wednesday issued an ambitious new greenhouse gas reduction target for the state. The target, contained in an executive order and expected to be folded into pending legislation, seeks to reduce emissions in California 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
California performed extraordinarily well in the clean energy industry last year, nearly tripling the number of jobs created in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to the same period of the previous year, according to a recent economic report. This is in stark contrast to the industry as a whole, which took a major blow last year due to ongoing uncertainty about environmental public policy.
Nevada takes the prize home on most jobs introduced fueled by Tesla’s September 2014 announcement of a new “Gigafactory”, a $5 billion, 50-plus acre lithium ion battery manufacturing facility that will support its electric car production. The Gigafactory aims to employee 6,000 workers. Also, Solar City “quadrupled” its projected hires in the state, the report said. Other states in the top 10 were: Calif., N.Y., Mich., Ariz., Texas, Colo., N.C., Utah and N.M.