California Commits To 100 Percent Clean Energy By 2045

The bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the second U.S. state to make such a bold pledge.
Gov. Jerry Brown signs into law California鈥檚 ambitious new emissions targets on Sept. 10.
Gov. Jerry Brown signs into law California鈥檚 ambitious new emissions targets on Sept. 10.
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In a move bucking the Trump administration鈥檚 push to revive the coal industry, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that drastically ups the state鈥檚 clean energy goals and commits to 100 percent zero-carbon emissions in just a few decades.

The crux of Senate Bill 100, authored by state Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Le贸n (D) pledges that California will obtain 100 percent of its power from clean sources by 2045.

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.

鈥淭here鈥檚 no understating the importance of this measure,鈥 Brown said moments before signing the bill. 鈥淪B 100 is sending a message to California and the world that we鈥檙e going to meet the Paris Agreement and we鈥檙e going to continue down that path to transition our economy to zero carbon emission and to have the resiliency and sustainability that science tells us we must achieve.鈥

After President Donald Trump made his intentions to support the oil and gas industries clear and pulled out of the Paris Agreement on climate change in June 2017, Brown volunteered as an unofficial ambassador abroad on climate change issues. He was one of the first three governors to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition committed to the goals laid out in Paris that has since grown to include 16 states.

SB 100 has been a two-year project by de Le贸n, who will face off against sitting U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) in November.

鈥淐limate change is real, it鈥檚 here, it鈥檚 deadly, and it鈥檚 extraordinarily expensive,鈥 he said Monday before the signing, extolling the new target鈥檚 promise of creating tens of thousands of jobs.

California follows the example set by Hawaii, which set the same 2045 goal in 2015.

This story has been updated with more information and context about the bill signing.

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