Brown signs bill requiring 100% clean electricity, updating RPS

14 September, 2018, 11:55 | Author: Marie Harrington
  • Washington DC. Gov. Brown participated in a National Press Club Newsmaker Program to answer questions from members of the media. (Pho

"But it must be done", Brown said at the signing ceremony.

California has passed a law committing to exclusively carbon-free electricity sources by 2045, setting it against US President Donald Trump's energy policy. A bill Brown signed Monday sets a goal of phasing out fossil fuels from the state's electricity sector by 2045.

Brown has a number of bills headed for his desk that would also set a standard for other states, including a bill that would hold retailers jointly responsible for workplace abuses against port truckers at ports including Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland; and a bill that would mandate women on the public, corporate boards of companies in California.

California Gov. Jerry Brown wants the state to remove as much carbon dioxide from the air as it emits.

The Global Climate Action Summit, which he will host later this week in San Francisco, was organized to encourage regional bodies, such as cities and states, to step up their own efforts to fight climate change where national governments have failed to act.

About 26.9% of the state's generation now comes from hydro, with 26.9% from renewables and 43.3% from natural gas.

While 32% of commercial energy sale a year ago was purchased from renewable sources, one glaring problem California faces is having the overall energy supply matchup with overall demand for electricity.

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But Brown cautioned that reducing emissions enough to meet the Paris goal of capping global warming below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) remains a daunting task.

The California governor has taken on the mantle of leading the US effort to combat climate change as President Donald Trump has sought to roll back environmental regulations and support coal-fired power plants.

"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. "But it must be done", Brown said.

Business groups also opposed the measure amid concerns that it would raise the price of energy and, together with California's other environmental and labor protections, make it hard to compete with firms in other states.

The governor, who was joined at a press conference by Democratic megadonor Tom Steyer, said the measure was needed in order for California to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, which the United States exited earlier this year at President Trump's direction.

"If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change", UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a speech Monday, warning of a "dark and unsafe future". Natural gas, considered a "cleaner" fossil fuel, makes up 49 percent of the energy mix.

Senator Kevin De Leon wrote the bill in hopes of protecting California as well as future generations from the effects of climate change. "Planning needs to start now to allow a smooth transition to a 100% clean electricity system, avoiding stranded investments and driving better outcomes for families and businesses across California".



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