California Commits To 100 Percent Clean Energy By 2045

Gwen Vasquez
September 13, 2018

California Governor Edmund "Jerry" Brown on Monday signed Senate Bill 100 into law, setting in place a 100% renewable electricity target for the state by 2045, and doubled down on his clean energy commitment by issuing an executive order establishing a new target to achieve carbon neutrality over the same time frame.

"It will not be easy".

On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced he planned to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement.

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

"So I hope it gets France and Germany to up their own ambition, because we all have to do more than we are now doing".

Brown timed the signing of the bill to kick off this week's global climate summit that will bring officials and activists from around the world to San Francisco. "This is a great way to kick off the Global Climate Action Summit".

EZRA DAVID ROMERO, BYLINE: The law requires the state to gradually collect all its electricity from clean sources like hydropower, solar and wind.

"California is showing the world that a transition to 100 percent clean energy is within reach".

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The bill's ambitiousness is compounded by the executive order that Gov.

One of the most interesting aspects of the zero-emissions bill signed today is that it also specifies that California can't increase the carbon emissions of another state to get cheap electricity.

As the measure was unveiled, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned of a "dark and risky future" under threat by global warming. "Transitioning to an entirely carbon-free energy grid will create good-paying jobs, ensure our children breathe cleaner air and mitigate the devastating impacts of climate change on our communities and economy".

Under the terms of the legislation, all utility companies must get 60% of their energy from renewable sources by 2030.

To deal with significant problems - namely the need to keep a steady supply of electricity even at night when the sun isn't shining and during times when the wind isn't blowing, the previous laws defined renewable energy to include not only solar and wind, but also geothermal energy, biomass and hydroelectric power from small dams.

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.

The outgoing governor, 80, first proposed renewable legislation four decades ago during his first stint as California chief executive, earning him the nickname "Governor Moonbeam". Jerry Brown on Monday.

The governor told AFP that he still had "much to contribute".

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