California to phase out fossil fuels for electricity by 2045

September 10, 2018

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a clean energy bill Monday and put the state on a path to move the generation of electricity completely off fossil fuels. [Cal Coast Times]

SB 100 requires California’s utilities to generate 60 percent of their energy from wind, solar and other specific renewable sources by 2030, a 10 percent increase to the current mandates. The bill also requires 100 percent fossil-free sources used to generate electricity by 2045.

“This bill and the executive order put California on a path to meet the goals of Paris and beyond,” Brown said. “It will not be immediate. But it must be done.”

Approval of the bill comes in the wake of a report detailing the effects of climate change on California. The state is facing a loss of up to two-thirds of its beaches to erosion and two-thirds of its water supply generated from the snow pack, according to the report.

Last year, Hawaii became the first state to commit to 100 percent clean energy.

At the signing ceremony, Brown also announced an executive order directing California to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. Carbon neutrality refers to achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset, or buying enough carbon credits to make up the difference.


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AmericaTheFree

It took just 2 months over 8 years to put a man on the moon after Kennedy’s May 25th, 1961 speech; we didn’t have the technology, the men, the rocket, the infrastructure or the knowledge to do so, but we got it done!

What it came down to between May 1961 and July 1969 was “the will to get ‘er done”! Why can’t we incorporate that same type of will in the pursuit to clean renewable energy? What makes everyone so sure that 27 years isn’t enough time to achieve this worthy goal? I know why; complacency! Stuck in the mud, lazy ass, self serving, short sighted complacency!


kayaknut

And we haven’t been back since the mid 1970’s…… what we tried it for a few years and then decided it wasn’t worth it.


AmericaTheFree

I’m one of those that believes that our not returning to the moon was more about alternative reasons than anything else… Too many “coincidences” that surround our moon to just think we lost interest and or don’t want to spend the money.

It is worth it? Very much so! Its surface has an abundance of natural resources we could utilize, i.e. magnesium, aluminium, silicon, iron, titanium, etc., and we don’t even really know what’s below the surface (if it isn’t hollow, which some have said it is and there is some proof of). Helium-3 (a light, non-radioactive isotope of helium which can be used in future nuclear fusion power plants) is another great reason to return.

We’ll get there, again, I just hope that the other countries that are pursuing getting there right now don’t get an upper hand and the U.S. will lose out…


Boldguy

I think the recent opinion article about the middle class leaving the area and State, could well be attributed to this kind of political wackiness!!!

Regular people being buried in the cost of trying to stay, the rich complaining, but able to absorb the cost, and the poor and newly poor being left enjoy the fabulous weather:)


shelworth

Has anyone pointed out to them that we get 43.7% of our electricity (2017) from natural gas? Once you replace all natural gas appliances with electric ones, water heaters, ovens, stoves, etc. our grid can’t handle what we use and need now!, ask people in Bakersfield about not being able to use AC from 2-6PM. You can’t just wave your hand and say “Make it so”, that only works on TV.


Myself

Hydro electric is the way to go but the nutballs don’t want any dams, and solar sucks, 4000 acres under glass in California Valley and that doesn’t even produce 1/4 of what Morro Bay did, plus much of the wildlife has left Cal valley around those plants because of the solar plants. Has anyone seen the eyesore when you drop into Nevada that is a poor excuse for a solar plant,the mirrors blind you as you come off the Baker Grade.


kayaknut

Can’t wait for all the environmental groups trying to stop all the renewable projects around here.


Jorge Estrada

Solar and hydro electric sounds like a good combo if the fisheries are of no concern. We see who are the environmentalists?