California governor signs law for clean energy by 2045

California governor signs law for clean energy by 2045

It calls for acceleration of a timeline for use of renewable energy, like solar energy and wind power, and requires that all electricity generated in the state be derived from renewable sources by 2045.

Brown timed the signing of the bill to kick off this week's global climate summit that will bring officials and activists from around the world to San Francisco.

"We are going to meet the Paris agreement and we're going to continue down that path to transition our economy to zero carbon emissions", Brown said.

There's more: California governor Jerry Brown went a significant step further on Monday, signing an executive order directing state agencies to figure out how to make the entire economy carbon neutral in that same time frame.

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"We want others to do likewise, and if enough people often enough do what is needed we will curb global warming", Brown said during an interview with The Associated Press. Since 2010, California has procured more than 1,500 MW of new energy storage capacity; North American energy users and utilities have collectively procured over 2 GW of advanced energy storage projects to date. The California governor has taken on the mantle of leading the US effort to combat climate change as President Donald Trump has sought to roll back environmental regulations and support coal-fired power plants.

SB 100 was first introduced previous year by California Sen.

"California must take a stand and tell the world we are, as always, undeterred by those who wish to stop our progress and move backwards", Schwarzenegger wrote. Kevin de León, a Los Angeles Democrat who carried SB 100, said. A bill Brown signed Monday sets a goal of phasing out fossil fuels from the state's electricity sector by 2045. And some 80 British cities and towns pledged earlier this year to reach the 100 percent green power benchmark by 2050. Lawmakers ratcheted that target up several times, leading to the construction of massive new solar farms and expanded wind facilities.

By 2045, all Californian electricity must come from carbon-free or renewable energy.

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.

Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows California is ranked sixth among states in crude oil production and 15th in natural gas, though production of both has declined since the mid-1980s.

In 2017, California's zero-carbon sources - including nuclear, large hydroelectric and other renewable generation - accounted for more than 56 percent of total in-state generation of electricity.

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