Sunday, 18 November, 2018

California Sets Goal Of 100 Percent Clean Electric Power By 2045

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Theresa Hayes | 13 September, 2018, 23:59

EZRA DAVID ROMERO, BYLINE: The law requires the state to gradually collect all its electricity from clean sources like hydropower, solar and wind.

"Today, with Governor Brown's support, California sent a message to the rest of the world that we are taking the future into our own hands; refusing to be the victims of its uncertainty", de Leon said Monday in a statement.

Energy Storage North America (ESNA), the most influential gathering of policy, technology and market leaders in energy storage, applauds Governor Jerry Brown and the California State Legislature for passing landmark Senate Bill (SB) 100, which sets the largest-scale zero-emission electricity targets ever established for a USA state.

Senate Bill 100, authored by state Sen.

An executive order signed by Brown on Monday directs the state to achieve "carbon neutrality" by no later than 2045.

The signing came in the same week that San Francisco will host a Global Climate Action Summit on September 12-15.

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

"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.

"Those who don't want it are going to be foisting very high prices on California, and I think there will be resistance to that", Brown said.

"California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change", the Governor declared.

The legislation also marks the latest conflict between California and President Trump, with the state repeatedly defying the administration's policies on everything from energy to civil rights to immigration.

California follows the example set by Hawaii, which set the same 2045 goal in 2015. The remaining electricity came from non-renewable sources, including natural gas at 33 percent.

The bill also requires the state's Public Utilities Commission and its Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to take steps to ensure that a transition to a zero-carbon electric system for California does not cause or contribute to greenhouse gas emission increases elsewhere in the western grid.

Currently, about one-third of its electricity comes from renewables. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles.

The state would then aim to use only carbon-free sources to generate electricity by 2045. Another potential solution is pumped storage, in which water is pumped uphill in the afternoon using solar energy and then released through hydroelectric generators after the sun sets.

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.