California Governor Brown Signs Law Requiring 100% Clean Energy By 2045

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The second part declares that the state's policy is to work toward eliminating fossil fuels from the electric grid and all agencies should make decisions with that goal in mind.

At a ceremony in the state Capitol, Brown signed SB 100, by State Sen.

California Gov. Jerry Brown wants the state to remove as much carbon dioxide from the air as it emits.

Brown signed the measure Monday as he prepares to host a summit in San Francisco of climate change leaders from around the world later this week. It also is less restrictive on technology, allowing any carbon-free resources to qualify including large hydroelectric dams and nuclear power.

Under the newly signed bill, the state's RPS will be updated to require 50 percent renewables by 2026, increasing to 60 percent renewables by 2030.

While 32% of commercial energy sale a year ago was purchased from renewable sources, one glaring problem California faces is having the overall energy supply matchup with overall demand for electricity.

The California governor has taken on the mantle of leading the US effort to combat climate change as President Donald Trump has sought to roll back environmental regulations and support coal-fired power plants.

"If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change", he said in a speech at United Nations headquarters in NY.

As of 2017, the a year ago for which complete data is available, the state got 44 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, including 15 percent from large hydroelectric projects, just over 10 percent from solar, and 9 percent from wind power.

"It's not going to be easy".

California is not the first state with such ambitions - in 2015, Hawaii established the 2045 goal. "California has been doing stuff that the rest of the world is hoping to get to one day".

Opponents included major utilities, such as Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison, oil interests like the Western States Petroleum Association, and the California Farm Bureau Federation and California Chamber of Commerce.

To support energy storage deployments and greenhouse-gas reduction goals, two additional energy storage bills that complement SB 100 await Governor Brown's signature.

The co-chairs of the San Francisco climate summit include former NY mayor and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg, UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa, and China's top climate official, Xie Zhenhua. "And since climate change is [an] existential threat, I would say that doing what he's doing to undermine efforts that will save lives and prevent catastrophe for California, for America and the world, is about as reprehensible as any act that any American president has ever been guilty of". Kevin de León, who sponsored the legislation.

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

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