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Harvesting Clean Energy How California Can Deploy Large Scale Renewable Energy Projects on Appropriate Farmland October 2011 Berkeley Law UCLA Law About this Report This policy paper is the ninth in a series of reports on how climate change will create opportunities for specific sectors of the business community and how policy makers can facilitate those opportunities Each paper results from one day workshop discussions that include representatives from key business academic and policy sectors of the targeted industries The workshops and resulting policy papers are sponsored by Bank of America and produced by a partnership of the UC Berkeley School of Law s Center for Law Energy the Environment and UCLA School of Law s Environmental Law Center Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment Authorship The author of this policy paper is Ethan N Elkind Bank of America Climate Change Research Fellow for UC Berkeley School of Law s Center for Law Energy the Environment CLEE and UCLA School of Law s Environmental Law Center Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment Additional contributions to the report were made by Steven Weissman of the UC Berkeley School of Law and Sean Hecht and Cara Horowitz of the UCLA School of Law Acknowledgments The author and organizers are grateful to Bank of America for its generous sponsorship of the workshop series and input into the formulation of both the workshops and the policy paper We would specifically like to thank Anne Finucane Global Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer and Chair of the Bank of America Environmental Council for her commitment to this work In addition we are grateful to Claire Van Camp for designing this policy paper We also thank Steve Weissman for facilitating the workshop Finally the UC organizers gratefully acknowledge Tina Andolina Lisa Belenky Michael M Delbar Kim Delfino Cornelius Gallagher John R Gamper Andy Horne Brian Leahy Alex Levinson Belinda Morris Bill Powers Jeff Roberts Ren e Robin Darrel Sweet Jim Woodruff Manal Yamout Lydia Zabrycki Carl Zichella and Jay Ziegler for their insight and commentary at the March 14 2011 Climate Change Workshop that informed this analysis For more information contact Ethan Elkind at Eelkind law berkeley edu or Elkind law ucla edu Berkeley Law UCLA Law Executive Summary Where to Plant Renewables California s ambitious renewable energy goals will require the deployment of largescale renewable energy facilities To meet the target of 33 percent renewable energy by 2020 Governor Jerry Brown has called for 8 000 megawatts of energy from such large scale installations where one megawatt provides roughly enough energy to power 750 homes for a year In order to produce the required energy in the next decade developers of these facilities may need as much as 100 000 acres of land across the state While the state and federal governments have strived to accommodate utility scale renewable energy projects on public lands developers in California are



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