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California Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2045

14 September 2018
California Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2045

The clean energy bill, known as SB 100, passed the legislature last month.

Environmental activists enthusiastically backed the measure, but there was opposition from some of the state's largest utility companies. The second bill, SB 1369, for the first time defines green electrolytic hydrogen as an eligible form of energy storage to help address future long-duration and seasonal storage requirements that will be required in California's zero-emission electric future.

While 32% of commercial energy sale past year was purchased from renewable sources, one glaring problem California faces is having the overall energy supply matchup with overall demand for electricity.

Ahead of a summit this week meant to galvanize regional action on climate change, Gov.

Senate Bill 100, signed yesterday by Governor Edmund Brown, increases the amount of electricity to be supplied by renewables to 60% by 2030 - up from the current target of 50% by 2030 - with all of its retail electricity supply to come from renewable energy and zero-carbon resources by 2045.

A new California law says the state must phase out fossil fuels from its electrical grid by 2045.

Mr. Brown signed the measure over the objections of the state's utility and agricultural sectors, including the Agricultural Council of California, Pacific Gas and Electric, San Diego Gas and Electric, and the Western States Petroleum Association. We also ask that political discussions be restricted to the topic of the article they follow. This action by the world's fifth-largest economy reaches well beyond state borders.

The law is the culmination of a movement that began 16 years ago, when former Gov.

The path to 100 percent renewables by 2045 was described as "the most ambitious carbon neutrality commitment of any major economic jurisdiction in the world - of more than 20 countries and at least 40 cities, states and provinces planning to go carbon neutral by mid-century or sooner". Lawmakers ratcheted that target up several times, leading to the construction of massive new solar farms and expanded wind facilities.

State utilities and energy producers are now being pushed to make up the difference.

He has positioned California as a global leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The nation's largest state now gets just over one-third of its energy from wind, solar or geothermal power, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. PG&E in June 2016 announced that the Diablo Canyon units would close in 2024 and 2025.

The move would accelerate a shift already underway to wind and solar but hinges on a big bet - that battery costs will plunge, allowing for a transition away from the natural gas plants that provide about a third of California's electricity.

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