California Gov. Jerry Brown signs renewable energy bill

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In a major environmental milestone, Gov. The legislation requires retail electricity suppliers within the state to secure 100 percent of their power from renewables or zero-emissions sources by 2045 and updates the state's existing renewable portfolio standard (RPS). He continued, "California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change". 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.

NPR's Planet Money reported that on a sunny day this June, almost 50 percent of the state's electricity came from solar energy alone.

As of 2017, the a year ago for which complete data is available, the state got 44 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, including 15 percent from large hydroelectric projects, just over 10 percent from solar, and 9 percent from wind power.

California has set a goal of phasing out electricity produced by fossil fuels by 2045 under legislation signed Monday by Gov.

"It will not be easy".

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

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Brown's actions come ahead of a global climate change summit beginning Wednesday in San Francisco. De León, locked in a long-shot bid for the U.S. Senate against Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic incumbent, said the new law "sends an unmistakable message to the nation and the world: Regardless of who occupies the White House, California will always lead on climate change".

The goal would then be to use only carbon-free sources to generate electricity by 2045.

"I feel so proud to be a Californian right now".

"It's impossible to overstate how significant it is for a state as large and influential as California to commit to 100 percent clean energy", Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said Monday in a statement.

Critics said they were concerned that the bill would bring higher electricity prices. Nevertheless, pursuing 100% renewable energy has never been more important, as we get closer to entering a time that scientists say will be the point of no return from irreversible climate damage.

PG&E echoed that concern Monday. Yes, they do. So what we believe is that people are increasingly seeing the symptoms.

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Opponents also noted that transportation - mostly gasoline and diesel fuel burned by cars and trucks - generates 41 percent of the state's greenhouse gas emissions, more than double the 16 percent that power plants produce.

The clean energy bill, known as SB 100, passed the legislature last month. Almost every yes vote came from Democrats.

But the flurry of promises and promissary notes run head-on into two hard and unyielding realities, one political and the other rooted in the physics of a warming planet.

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. The state now gets about 44 percent of its power from renewables and hydropower.

Emissions are falling. Since 2004, as renewable energy has boomed, California's greenhouse gas emissions have dropped by 13 percent, even as the economy has grown by 26 percent over the same time.

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