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Gov. Jerry Brown said this afternoon that he will sign legislation Tuesday requiring public and private utilities to obtain 33 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020.

"Obviously I'm going to sign the bill," the Democratic governor told reporters in Los Alamitos. "I believe we can get to 40 percent, and I think we should."

The measure greatly increases California's mandate, currently 20 percent, and Brown was widely expected to sign it.

The bill was approved in the Legislature mostly on partisan lines. Democrats cheered it as a measure to improve the environment and stimulate the economy, while Republicans said it would hurt the economy and increase future power prices.


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