California governor commits to 100 percent clean energy

Washington DC. Gov. Brown participated in a National Press Club Newsmaker Program to answer questions from members of the media. (Pho

California to Move Toward 100% Clean Energy by 2045 Under Bill Signed by Gov. Brown

California Governor Jerry Brown delivers his final state of the state address in Sacramento, California, U.S., January 25, 2018. "But it must be done", said Mr. Brown, a Democrat who leaves office after the November election.

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

"Climate change is real, it's here, it's deadly, and it's extraordinarily expensive", he said Monday before the signing, extolling the new target's promise of creating tens of thousands of jobs.

"Good organizing pays off!" declared Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, after Brown signed the landmark bill.

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In a move bucking the Trump administration's push to revive the coal industry, California Gov.

A test bed: Some observers believe the clean electricity measure is now the most important climate law on the books in the United States, given the strict limits, the size of California's economy, and the measure's technological flexibility. 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.

"Brown, who has positioned California as a global leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, approved the measure as he prepares to host a summit in San Francisco of climate change leaders from around the world later this week", writes ABC.

The bill received strong support from environmental activists, renewable energy companies and public health groups.

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The clean energy bill, known as SB 100, passed the legislature last month.

The executive order reaches beyond the electricity sector, which represents 16% of California's GHG emissions, directing the state to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 and net negative GHG emissions after that.

The bill also requires electric utilities and other service providers to generate 60% of their power from renewable sources by 2030, up from the 50% goal previously set for that date.

In 2017, 32 percent of California's retail electricity sales were served by renewable energy facilities, according to the California Energy Commission.

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