California Sets Goal Of 100 Percent Clean Electric Power By 2045

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Jerry Brown on Monday signed two measures created to push the state to 100 percent renewable electricity and so-called carbon neutrality by 2045. "But it must be done", Brown said at the signing ceremony.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill on September 10, that sets a goal of 100 percent clean electricity for California by 2045. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that aims to eliminate fossil fuel use for electricity by 2045 and serves as a rebuke to USA withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.

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 Global Climate Action Summit, which he will host later this week in San Francisco, was organized to encourage regional bodies, such as cities and states, to step up their own efforts to fight climate change where national governments have failed to act. It also is less restrictive on technology, allowing any carbon-free resources to qualify including large hydroelectric dams and nuclear power. It also requires that 50 percent of the state's electricity come from renewable energy by 2026 and 60 percent by 2030, up from the current level of 32 percent.

"We applaud the governor for his support to make a 100% clean energy grid a reality for our great state, and demonstrating California's global leadership for a secure, clean, affordable energy future", said Amisha Rai, Senior Director of California Policy for the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).

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

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

"Have no illusions", Brown said.

EZRA DAVID ROMERO, BYLINE: The law requires the state to gradually collect all its electricity from clean sources like hydropower, solar and wind. The state's biggest utilities, however, opposed the measure. "California has been doing stuff that the rest of the world is hoping to get to one day".

California is not the first state with such ambitions - in 2015, Hawaii established the 2045 goal. California would need to install more than 200 times as much energy-storage capacity than it has now to make up for the loss of gas plants, according to the Clean Air Task Force, a Boston-based energy-policy nonprofit.

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. Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who is running for U.S. Senate against fellow Democratic U.S. Sen.

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

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