SACRAMENTO, Oct. 12 (UPI) — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says a memorandum signed with the federal government Monday will expedite renewable energy projects in California.
The memorandum of understanding signed by the governor and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is aimed at moving renewable energy projects eligible for federal stimulus funding through the approval process.
Schwarzenegger said in a written statement that the MOU was the first such agreement in the nation and will boost California’s plan to provide one-third of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.
“We know our future is in clean energy and clean technology, and we are taking action so California will be able to meet its ambitious renewable energy and environmental goals,” Schwarzenegger said.
Specifically, the MOU calls for state and federal officials to work together on a science-based process for reviewing and approving sites for renewable energy projects, including electricity transmission lines. The work will include drawing up detailed maps of wildlife habitat and coordinating with the Department of Defense, which owns large areas of land in the state.
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