California's commitment to 100 percent 'clean energy' by 2045, explained

Mindy Sparks
September 13, 2018

The new law gives California the most far-reaching clean energy goals of any US state, along with Hawaii, which set a similar target in 2015 of 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045.

The legislation Brown signed has two parts.

Jerry Brown signed into law on Monday a bill that commits the state to a 100 percent renewable energy power grid by 2045, which would make it the world's largest economy to pledge to rely completely on renewable energy generated from solar, wind and water, according to The Hill. He also signed a bill, SB100, making the state's electricity completely emissions-free by 2045.

The executive order reaches beyond the electricity sector, which represents 16% of California's GHG emissions, directing the state to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 and net negative GHG emissions after that.

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.

This bill requires that 50% of California's electricity must be powered by renewable resources by the year 2025.

A UN tally of all the local carbon-reduction initiatives so far reveals "encouraging potential" but will ultimately fall short without deeper commitments from national governments, UN Environment chief Erik Solheim said Monday.

"It's not going to be easy". Natural-gas plants are used to make up for gaps when the sun fails to shine and the wind doesn't blow.

State Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, wrote the bill to push 100 percent green energy in the state.

"Every day, we see clear signs of a changed planet - from wildfires scorching the West, to record-high temperatures in the East, to rapidly changing oceans".

ROMERO: The legislation calls on electric utilities to move faster toward previous renewable energy goals.

The new bill was supported by Democrats who emphasized the damaging consequences of climate change, while opposed by state Republicans who highlighted the policy's financial costs, Bradford reported. ESNA connects utilities, developers, energy users, policy makers and other key stakeholders from around the world to advance understanding and deployment of energy storage, and ultimately build a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient grid.

"California, as a very prosperous economy, is taking aggressive action on climate change", Brown told AFP by phone when asked if the new measure will inspire others.

Experts say that while a goal of having 100% renewable energy by 2050 is an important one to strive for, there is some concern as to whether it is attainable.

California has almost 54,000 active wells, some of them close to urbanized areas in Southern California and the Central Valley, according to state data.

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