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California Targets 100% Carbon-Free Electricity by 2045

Aug 28, 2018

Rooftop solar panel and solar thermal installations in Berkeley, California


Aug. 28th – 350 members and allies in California leading the hard-fought battle in Sacramento celebrated with environmentalists across the country today as the California Assembly passed SB 100, which mandates that the state set a goal of using 100% renewable electricity by 2045.  “This is a pivotal moment for California, for the country and the world,” said Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club.

From the New York Times:

‘California took some of the most aggressive steps yet to counter the effects of climate change as legislators voted Tuesday to require that 100 percent of the state’s electricity come from carbon-free sources.

‘California had already imposed a mandate to generate 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030; the bill increased the amount to 60 percent.

The move highlights California’s determination to be a leader on climate issues. In May, state regulators revised the building code to require newly built homes to be equipped for solar power.

The state’s aggressiveness comes as the Trump administration is moving to loosen or abandon environmental regulations and promoting a revival of the coal industry. And it follows a year in which catastrophic wildfires that many attribute to climate change have been responsible for dozens of deaths in the state, destroyed homes and businesses and cost billions of dollars.’

See the full article HERE.