We already know the bad news, Governor Brown signed the 33-by-20 renewable portfolio standard or "RPS", supporting his wacko environmentalist allies in the Legislature. Brown signed this costly green energy mandate even though it will hike our energy bills by up to 80%.
While California now has the most draconian of RPS laws, they exist in varying degrees in other states as well, including Colorado.
Now for the good news that might save our economy from distruction. The American Tradition Institute has filed a lawsuit challenging Colorado's RPS law as a violation of the Commerce Clause of our Constitution.
Because the electricity grid is interconnected with other states, the patchwork of RPS mandates plays havoc with power plants. Green energy sources mandated by RPS such as wind and solar are intermittent, meaning they depend on when the sun shines or wind blows.
When the wind or solar plants temporarily cease producing power, fossil fuel plants need to have excess capacity to pick up the slack. Intermittent green power on the grid forces fossil fuel plants to be run inefficiently, much as you get poor gas mileage when driving a car in stop and go traffic.
For more information on the lawsuit, read the American Tradition Institute press release here.