California Just Committed to 100% Carbon-Free Power by 2045
13 September, 2018, 23:59 | Author: Tara Reeves
"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. Brown signed today. The order requires California to become carbon neutral by 2045. Jerry Brown on Monday signed legislation that would put California on the path to eliminating fossil fuels from its energy sector.
"There's no understating the importance of this measure", Brown said, moments before signing the two actions.
The new law, along with an executive order Brown signed directing California to take as much carbon dioxide out of the air as it emits, represent the latest in a string of ambitious environmental initiatives as California seeks to fill a void left by President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and his efforts to boost the coal industry.
The California Energy Commission estimates that 32 percent of retail energy sales were powered by renewable sources past year. This is known as the California Renewable Portfolio Standard Program, and the goal for the use of renewable resources - such as wind and solar - had previously been set at 50 percent by the year 2030. Hawaii has adopted a similar goal.
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. The remaining electricity came from non-renewable sources, including natural gas at 33 percent.
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.
Emissions are falling. Since 2004, as renewable energy has boomed, California's greenhouse gas emissions have dropped by 13 percent, even as the economy has grown by 26 percent over the same time.
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