Lawmakers unveil plan to jump-start green jobs

February 2, 2011 6:03:46 PM PST
State lawmakers have unveiled a plan to jump-start clean energy businesses in California and create new jobs.

The clean energy jobs initiative is made up of four pieces of legislation. One plan would require both private and public energy providers to produce one-third of their electricity from renewable resources. Another measure would expedite the construction of renewable energy projects. The other parts of the bill would provide grant funding to high schools and economic incentives to residents and small business owners to increase energy efficiency.

Opponents say the initiative would drive up the cost of energy and put more financial strain on the state's budget.