Californian Governor Jerry Brown has signed two key measures into state law aimed at converting the state to 100% renewable energy by 2045.
Senate Bill 100 outlines the goals for the state’s energy policy, and ensures that the all carbon emissions produced after 2045 can be absorbed by the state’s natural systems, such as forests, oceans and soil.
“This bill and the executive order put California on a path to meet the goals of Paris and beyond. It will not be easy. It will not be immediate. But it must be done,” said Governor Brown.
SB 100 advances the state’s existing Renewables Portfolio Standard, which establishes how much of the electricity system should be powered from renewable energy resources, to 50 percent by 2025 and 60 percent by 2030. It also puts California on the bold path to implement a zero-carbon electricity grid by 2045.
“California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change,” said Governor Brown in his SB 100 signing message. “This bill, and others I will sign this week, help us go in that direction. But have no illusions, California and the rest of the world have miles to go before we achieve zero-carbon emissions.”