Schwarzenegger empowers air board on renewable energy

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order Tuesday moving him closer to vetoing renewable energy regulations that the Legislature approved last week.

The governor's order assigns the California State Air Resources Board, rather than legislators. the task of charting how utilities arrive at using at least 33 percent renewable energy by 2020 to generate electricity. The governor hasn't received the legislators' bills yet. But he has vowed to veto them, describing them as a "job killer" and "protectionism at the highest level."

One of his objections is the 25 percent to 30 percent limit the bills set on renewable energy "credits" California utilities can purchase from out-of-state sources to comply with their renewable goal.

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