California has recently taken a large step towards ending its dependence on fossil fuels and promoting the use of clean, renewable energy through the passage of Senate Bill 100 (SB 100). Following in the footsteps of Hawaii, where a similar bill was recently passed, Senate Bill 100 aims to transition California’s energy grid to being powered by 100 percent carbon-free energy by the year 2045. While the bill has yet to be signed by Governor Jerry Brown, environmental groups are optimistic about the bill’s future and expect Governor Brown to sign it before the state’s climate summit next month.
In addition to the state’s goal to supply the electric grid with 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2045, the bill includes several other energy goals for the years preceding the 2045 deadline. Under Senate Bill 100, all retail sellers of electricity would be required to procure a minimum quantity of electricity products from renewable resources so that the total kilowatt-hours of those products sold to their retail end-use customers achieve 50% of retail sales by December 31, 2026 and 60% of retail sales by December 31, 2030. These goals update and increase the levels required by the existing law by as much as 10 percent in some cases, thereby hastening California’s transition to a carbon-free power grid.
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