California Commits to 100% Clean Electricity by 2045

Washington DC. Gov. Brown participated in a National Press Club Newsmaker Program to answer questions from members of the media. (Pho

Jerry Brown on Monday signed two measures created to push the state to 100 percent renewable electricity and so-called carbon neutrality by 2045. Brown signed today. The order requires California to become carbon neutral by 2045.

Senate Bill 100 speeds up the state's timeline for moving to renewable energy sources like solar and wind, and requires that all retail electricity be generated from renewables by 2045. Jerry Brown on Monday, the latest in a series of ambitious goals set by the state to combat the effects of climate change.

NPR's Planet Money reported that on a sunny day this June, almost 50 percent of the state's electricity came from solar energy alone. He also issued an executive order calling for statewide carbon neutrality - meaning California "removes as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it emits" - by the same year.

In the final months of his four terms as governor, Brown signed the bill days before the start of a global climate summit in San Francisco.

About 26.9% of the state's generation now comes from hydro, with 26.9% from renewables and 43.3% from natural gas.

The state will also aim to be 60 percent renewable by 2030, an increase from a previous target of 50 percent.

While 32% of commercial energy sale a year ago was purchased from renewable sources, one glaring problem California faces is having the overall energy supply matchup with overall demand for electricity.

The bill's ambitiousness is compounded by the executive order that Gov.

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"There's no understating the importance of this measure", Brown said, moments before signing the two actions. "And we're going to continue ... to transition our economy to zero carbon emissions and to have the resiliency and the sustainability that science tells us we must achieve". 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. California is the second state to adopt such a goal, after Hawaii.

Brown's announcement comes ahead of a climate summit he is hosting this week in San Francisco that will draw local governments, businesses and investors from around the world.

"Every day, we see clear signs of a changed planet - from wildfires scorching the West, to record-high temperatures in the East, to rapidly changing oceans". California would need to install more than 200 times as much energy-storage capacity than it has now to make up for the loss of gas plants, according to the Clean Air Task Force, a Boston-based energy-policy nonprofit. Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who is running for U.S. Senate against fellow Democratic U.S. Sen.

But electricity accounts for only 16 percent of California's emissions.

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