California Commits to 100% Clean Electricity by 2045

California Commits to 100% Clean Electricity by 2045

California Commits to 100% Clean Electricity by 2045

The legislation, Senate Bill 100, speeds up the state's renewable-energy benchmarks, setting goals of 50 percent electrical-power generation from energy sources such as wind and solar by 2025, and 60 percent by 2030. Jerry Brown on Monday. Jerry Brown, center, signs his environmental measure SB100 into law, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. SB100 sets a goal of phasing out all fossil fuels from the state's electricity sector by 2045.

After signing the bill Monday, Brown also signed an executive order directing the state to achieve "carbon neutrality" by no later than 2045.

"It's impossible to overstate how significant it is for a state as large and influential as California to commit to 100 percent clean energy", the Sierra Club said in a statement.

Brown also signed an order that seeks to remove carbon from the air.

The twin actions Monday were created to be a drastic opening gesture by the governor, just before he will host a meeting of global leaders on the issue in San Francisco later this week. It also is less restrictive on technology, allowing any carbon-free resources to qualify including large hydroelectric dams and nuclear power.

The California Energy Commission estimates that 32 percent of retail energy sales were powered by renewable sources a year ago.

But Brown cautioned that reducing emissions enough to meet the Paris goal of capping global warming below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) remains a daunting task.

The bill was backed by both democrats and republicans just days after a statewide report indicated that California is at high-risk for the effects of climate change. We ask that any comments by climate-change denialists be flagged for moderation.

The bill and executive order puts California on a path to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement, Brown said.

California is doing a pretty good job of flying the flag for renewable energy in the U.S., as the state has just announced it will aim to bolster its climate targets. More broadly, California has set ambitious goals to slash greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. "But have no illusions, California and the rest of the world have miles to go before we achieve zero-carbon emissions".

"SB 100 is the crowning achievement in Governor Brown's legacy of embracing clean energy and fighting climate change".

The Global Climate Action Summit will bring more than 5,000 government officials, business executives and environmentalists together in what is being billed as the largest meeting of "nonstate actors", who can play a key role in preventing the worst impacts of rising global temperatures.

The bill passed the state Assembly by a vote of 44-33 and the state Senate 25-13 late last month.

California already gets a substantial portion of its electricity from renewable resources.

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