Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

California Will Go 100 Percent Renewable By 2045

California Will Go 100 Percent Renewable By 2045

"There's no understating the importance of this measure", Brown said moments before signing the bill.

"There's no understating the importance of this measure", Brown said, moments before signing the two actions.

Governors, mayors, CEOs and billionaire philanthropists gather in San Francisco this week to take aim at global warming as the world awakens to the all-too-real threat of climate change run amuck. But Brown on Monday said moving toward a regional grid is essential to achieving California's new 100 percent clean energy goal without sending electric prices skyrocketing.

As of 2017, the past year for which complete data is available, the state got 44 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, including 15 percent from large hydroelectric projects, just over 10 percent from solar, and 9 percent from wind power.

The goal would require replacing carbon-producing fuels such as coal and gasoline with renewable energy such as wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power. Kevin de Leon, right, holds a copy of the bill, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. SB100 sets a goal of phasing out all fossil fuels from the state's electricity sector by 2045.

"If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change", UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a speech Monday, warning of a "dark and risky future". ESNA connects utilities, developers, energy users, policy makers and other key stakeholders from around the world to advance understanding and deployment of energy storage, and ultimately build a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient grid.

"We all have the opportunity and the obligation to do our part to combat climate change", he told AFP hours after signing the bill into law.

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Monday's law goes further, saying the last 40 percent of the 100 percent total can come from "carbon-free" sources, including large dams, nuclear power and even natural gas-fired power plants, if they can capture and store the carbon in the ground, which so far is an unproven technology.

ROMERO: The legislation calls on electric utilities to move faster toward previous renewable energy goals.

"If we're going to have these first-in-the-nation laws, we want to see first-in-the-nation benefits", said Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable. De León said the legislation was a "labor of love".

California has officially pledged to get all its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2045.

The executive order signed by Brown directs the state to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 and net negative greenhouse gas emissions after that.

California's governor and host Jerry Brown, whose crusade for clean energy started in the 1970s, set the tone by approving landmark legislation Monday that commits his state to purging Carbon dioxide from its electricity grid by 2045. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, left, who carried the bill in the Assembly, watches.

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