California commits to 100% clean electricity by 2045

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California governor Jerry Brown signed what may be the world's most ambitious carbon energy plan into law on Monday, setting a 100% clean electricity goal for the state by 2045.

Brown signed the measure Monday as he prepares to host a summit in San Francisco of climate change leaders from around the world later this week.

Brown also says moving toward a regional electric grid is critical to California meeting its goals.

Without referring to Trump, Brown said Monday that climate change was an "existential threat", adding, "No matter what the naysayers may say, it is a real and present danger to California and to the people of the world".

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Senate Bill 100 by state Sen.

The electric sector represents 16 percent of the state's greenhouse gas emissions. At the signing ceremony in Sacramento, Governor Brown said, "It's not going to be easy".

In a poll in July by the Public Policy Institute of California, a non-partisan research organization, 67 percent of likely voters said they favored the 100 percent clean energy measure, and 21 percent opposed it.

"If we're going to have these first-in-the-nation laws, we want to see first-in-the-nation benefits", said Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable. Kevin de León, a Los Angeles Democrat who carried SB 100, said.

And earlier this year, for one entire month, Portugal produced enough renewable energy to meet its entire electrical demand - although the country did rely on fossil fuels to balance out the periodic disconnect between supply and demand. The new law gives California the most far-reaching clean energy goals of any USA state, along with Hawaii, which set a similar target in 2015 of 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045. Lawmakers ratcheted that target up several times, leading to the construction of massive new solar farms and expanded wind facilities. The bulk of that is solar energy.

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California has officially pledged to get all its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2045. It also is less restrictive on technology, allowing any carbon-free resources to qualify including large hydroelectric dams and nuclear power.

The three largest investor-owned utilities collectively served 34.76 percent of their 2016 retail electricity sales with renewable power sources like wind, hydroelectricity, geothermal and bioenergy.

Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows California is ranked sixth among states in crude oil production and 15th in natural gas, though production of both has declined since the mid-1980s.

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