California Legislature passes zero-carbon power plan for 2045

Gov. Jerry Brown signs into law California’s ambitious new emissions targets on Sept. 10

The bill specifically requires that 50 percent of California's electricity to be powered by renewable resources by 2025 and 60 percent by 2030, while calling for a "bold path" toward 100 percent renewable power by 2045. At the same time that he signed the measure, SB100, Brown also issued an executive order that establishes a new carbon neutrality target for that same year.

On Monday, September 10, Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that committed the state to going 100 percent renewable by 2045.

The state will have to lean more heavily on wind, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectric power to reach its goal, as well as seek more ambitious battery build-outs and create incentives for dramatic changes in energy efficiency at the industrial, commercial, and residential levels. It would be the second state to require 100 percent carbon-free power after Hawaii.

The latest announcement comes shortly before Brown heads to San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit. The remaining electricity came from non-renewable sources, including natural gas at 33 percent.

Earlier this year, California became the first USA state to mandate solar rooftop panels on nearly all new homes.

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

California has dramatically stepped up its climate-change policies four times in the last four years, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reported last month.

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"Climate change is here, he said. But it must be done", Brown said. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles.

"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", Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said Monday in a statement. The bill passed the Senate 25-13 and the Assembly 44-33 despite concerns about cost increases to California rate payers and questions over whether the 2045 deadline was too ambitious.

The co-chairs of the San Francisco climate summit include former NY mayor and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg, UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa, and China's top climate official, Xie Zhenhua.

Brown, who has positioned California as a global leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, approved the measure as he prepares to host a summit in San Francisco of climate change leaders from around the world starting Wednesday.

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.

Environment America affiliate Environment California played a key role in driving the bill through both houses of the state legislature, and to the governor's desk. "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".

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