California governor commits to 100 percent clean energy

California’s Carbon Exorcism

California's commitment to 100 percent 'clean energy' by 2045, explained

Last year, California joined Washington state and NY to form the U.S. Climate Alliance, which now includes 17 U.S. states committed to achieving the goals of the Paris climate agreement and meeting or exceeding the targets of the Clean Power Plan crafted by the Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency.

Brown signed an executive order Monday announcing the goal to eliminate carbon emissions in the state within 27 years.

Brown also signed an order that seeks to remove carbon from the air.

"California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change", the Governor declared. "It will not be easy".

Later this week, Brown will host subnational governments, cities and businesses in San Francisco for the three-day Global Climate Action Summit. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill requiring the state to source electricity from exclusively carbon-free sources by 2045, a move aimed at combating climate change that clashes with U.S. President Donald Trump's pro-fossil fuel policies. The measure, sponsored by state Senator Kevin De Leon, requires the state to get 60 percent of its power from renewable energy by 2030, up from a target of 50 percent by the same deadline. Jerry Brown put California on its new path this week?

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California already gets a substantial portion of its electricity from renewable resources.

Hawaii previous year became the first USA state to commit to 100 percent clean energy.

The state would then aim to use only carbon-free sources to generate electricity by 2045.

"The sun and wind aren't always producing power when Californians need it most, namely, in the evening". The remaining electricity came from non-renewable sources, including natural gas at 33 percent.

As Mexico, Canada, and other US states seek to lower emissions, North America will continue to be one of the largest energy storage markets in the world for many years.

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The bill is in direct opposition to the current Trump administration efforts to roll back efforts to fight 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. 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 has consistently beaten its clean-energy targets, and now consumes just 8 percent of the U.S.' electricity despite accounting for 12 percent of the country's population.

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.

"For most countries in the world, a fully renewable energy supply still seems like a challenging target. Some small island nations have managed it - and a few larger countries, too".

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