S.B. 100: California clean energy bill is now law

Posted September 14, 2018

He rejected the criticism and said that California's approach to climate change relies on curbing emissions from a variety of sources, including oil. 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.

As of 2017, the previous year 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. In 2015, Hawaii became the first state to set such a target.

Brown also says moving toward a regional electric grid is critical to California meeting its goals.

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"This bill and the executive order put California on a path to meet the goals of Paris and beyond".

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.

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.

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On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced he planned to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. Under that agreement, nations pledged to take decisive steps to prevent temperatures from increasing more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. "Hydropower offers the most flexibility but is scarce during drought years".

California Gov. Jerry Brown says he hopes a law he's signed moving California toward eliminating fossil fuels for electricity will serve as a model for other state and national governments.

"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.

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The new law also marks the latest, and perhaps most high-profile, push back by California on environmental issues against the White House. The measure, sponsored by state Senator Kevin De Leon, requires the state to get 60 percent of its power from renewable energy by 2030, up from a target of 50 percent by the same deadline. "Planning needs to start now to allow a smooth transition to a 100% clean electricity system, avoiding stranded investments and driving better outcomes for families and businesses across California". Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Monday mandating the state to strive towards this goal, along with an executive order calling for carbon neutrality throughout California. We have the power to create the future that our children deserve - but only if we replace fossil fuels with clean energy by the middle of this century. Those emissions have been ticking up slightly, despite California's stringent fuel-efficiency standards.