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California aims to get all electricity from clean sources

14 September 2018

According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle last week, the state legislature passed a bill increasing state targets for renewable electricity generation to 100 percent by 2045.

Brown also announced plans for a carbon neutral bill, mandating that the state remove as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it emits by 2045.

About 26.9% of the state's generation now comes from hydro, with 26.9% from renewables and 43.3% from natural gas.

Co-sponsored by state Senator Kevin De Leon, SB100 requires the state to get 60% of its power from renewable energy by 2030, up from the previous target of 50% for the same deadline.

Last year, California joined Washington state and NY to form the U.S. Climate Alliance, which now includes 17 U.S. states committed to achieving the goals of the Paris climate agreement and meeting or exceeding the targets of the Clean Power Plan crafted by the Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency.

#SB100 and this executive order put California on a path to meet the goals of Paris and beyond.

The bill is in direct opposition to the current Trump administration efforts to roll back efforts to fight climate change.

"These actions are both visionary and pragmatic, and further cement California's position as a national and global leader on climate change", said Dan Lashof, Director, World Resources Institute for the United States. "But it must be done", said Governor Brown.

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"California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change", Brown said in his signing message for the bill.

EZRA DAVID ROMERO, BYLINE: The law requires the state to gradually collect all its electricity from clean sources like hydropower, solar and wind. California's renewable energy goal is not as ambitious as Hawaii, which has adopted a 100 percent renewable energy mandate. "But have no illusions, California and the rest of the world have miles to go before we achieve zero-carbon emissions".

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.

Utilities are already dealing with an abundance of solar energy during peak times, which must be offloaded to other states when there's not enough demand locally for the power.

Opponents also noted that transportation - mostly gasoline and diesel fuel burned by cars and trucks - generates 41 percent of the state's greenhouse gas emissions, more than double the 16 percent that power plants produce.

And even those standards are now in danger, thanks to a Trump action last month that aims to rescind the power of California and other states to set stricter fuel-mileage targets.

SB 100 has been a two-year project by de León, who will face off against sitting U.S. Sen.

California aims to get all electricity from clean sources