Sunday, 18 November, 2018

California Sets Goal to Utilize 100% Renewable Energy by 2045

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Doris Mccormick | 13 September, 2018, 23:58

In addition, the order sets a goal of maintaining "net negative emissions" beyond 2045, which means using plants or technology to draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, and reuse or store it some manner (see "Maybe we can afford to suck CO2 out of the sky after all").

"California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change", Brown said during signing of SB100. "It will not be easy".

"Trump has made himself an outlaw on the matter of climate change", he said in further comments to Politico.

The signing came in the same week that San Francisco will host a Global Climate Action Summit on September 12-15. The legislation requires retail electricity suppliers within the state to secure 100 percent of their power from renewables or zero-emissions sources by 2045 and updates the state's existing renewable portfolio standard (RPS).

In addition to that target, the legislation establishes benchmarks, requiring energy service providers to generate 50 percent of power from renewable resources by 2026 and 60 percent by 2030.

Environment America affiliate Environment California played a key role in driving the bill through both houses of the state legislature, and to the governor's desk.

But, as KQED's Lauren Sommer reported previous year, "California uses about 30 times more electricity than Hawaii and is the fifth largest economy in the world".

SB 100 was first introduced a year ago by California Sen.

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In 2017, California's zero-carbon sources - including nuclear, large hydroelectric and other renewable generation - accounted for more than 56 percent of total in-state generation of electricity.

Any temperature hike of more than 2 degrees (or the safer goal of a 1.5-degree increase) is expected to set off more severe storms, droughts and wildfires. 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.

Brown is hosting a summit in San Francisco starting Wednesday that he hopes will "wake up the national leaders" on the need to confront climate change.

Before the new 100 percent renewable goal, lawmakers approved "higher renewable energy use, tighter greenhouse gas targets, and extension of the cap-and-trade program", he wrote.

Opponents included major utilities, such as Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison, oil interests like the Western States Petroleum Association, and the California Farm Bureau Federation and California Chamber of Commerce. 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.

Some cities across the US have attained 100 percent renewable electricity or energy supplies - including Aspen, Colorado, Burlington, Vermont, and Georgetown, Texas.

Experts say that while a goal of having 100% renewable energy by 2050 is an important one to strive for, there is some concern as to whether it is attainable.

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