Brown Signs Law Setting Goal of 100 Percent Clean Electricity by 2045

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

Jerry Brown on Monday signed two measures created to push the state to 100 percent renewable electricity and so-called carbon neutrality by 2045.

The legislation Brown signed has two parts.

Jerry Brown signed legislation on Monday to shift the state to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045.

After signing the bill Monday, Brown also signed an executive order directing the state to achieve "carbon neutrality" by no later than 2045.

The clean energy bill was sponsored by Californian Democratic state Senator Kevin de León, who is challenging fellow Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein for her seat in the fall.

Brown's action comes as thousands of scientists, political leaders, celebrities and others are arriving in San Francisco this week for the "Global Climate Action Summit", a meeting at the Moscone Center that is spearheaded by Brown and United Nations officials.

This leaves the door open to carbon-neutral power generated by nuclear reactors, geothermal sources or even natural gas, if CO2 emissions are converted into fuel or syphoned off into secure storage underground, a technology known as carbon capture and storage.

Hawaii past year became the first USA state to commit to 100 percent clean energy.

#SB100 and this executive order put California on a path to meet the goals of Paris and beyond.

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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.

"California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change", said Governor Brown in his SB 100 signing message.

Specifically, SB-100 serves to advance California's existing Renewables Portfolio Standard and increases the state's targets to 50% by 2025, 60% by 2030, and 100% by 2045. The human effects of climate change were also a reason for the law.

Senate Bill 100 raises the state's already ambitious goals for producing electricity from wind, solar and other green sources. "And we're going to continue ... to transition our economy to zero carbon emissions and to have the resiliency and the sustainability that science tells us we must achieve".

California is doing a pretty good job of flying the flag for renewable energy in the USA, as the state has just announced it will aim to bolster its climate targets.

Environment America affiliate Environment California played a key role in driving the bill through both houses of the state legislature, and to the governor's desk.

The co-chairs of the San Francisco climate summit include former NY mayor and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg, UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa, and China's top climate official, Xie Zhenhua.

But electricity accounts for only 16 percent of California's emissions.

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