Stately energy boost

State, feds put renewable energy on the fast track

California and the federal government have expanded on a partnership to put state renewable-energy projects on the fast track.

California Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (both pictured) signed a memorandum of understanding to extend an agreement originally forged in 2009 that has expedited more than 130 renewable-energy projects, including 12 utility-scale solar-energy facilities, according to energyNOW. The agreement was expanded to include state regulators California Independent System Operator, the California Public Utilities Commission and the California State Lands Commission in an effort to upgrade the state’s aging power grid by expediting transmission projects.

The projects are expected to provide thousands of construction jobs and help California meet its goal of 33 percent renewable energy by 2020.