LA Times | It’s been less than four months since California committed to getting all of its electricity from climate-friendly sources by 2045. But the idea is already catching on in other states. At least nine governors taking their oaths of office this month, from Nevada to Michigan to New York, campaigned on 100% clean energy, or have endorsed the target since it was enshrined in California law. The District of Columbia also set a 100% clean energy goal last month. So did Xcel Energy, a Minneapolis-based utility that serves 3.6 million electricity customers across eight Western and Midwestern states.
policy’s growing popularity is driven in part by market trends and
technological advances that make it easier to envision a future in which
fossil fuels are no longer burned for electricity. But experts say
California’s recent passage of Senate Bill 100 is also playing a role.
NBC News | Seeking to cement California’s reputation as a global leader in combatting climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed two measures designed to push the state to 100 percent renewable electricity and so-called carbon neutrality by 2045.
Sacramento Bee | Ahead of a summit this week meant to galvanize regional action on climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed legislation that would put California on the path to eliminating fossil fuels from its energy sector. Senate Bill 100 speeds up the state’s timeline for moving to renewable energy sources like solar and wind, and requires that all retail electricity be carbon-free by 2045. California is the second state to adopt such a goal, after Hawaii.
“It’s not going to be easy. It will not be immediate. But it must be done,” Brown said at a signing ceremony in Sacramento. “California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change.”
Assembly Members pass historic legislation to make state’s power sector entirely carbon-free, sends SB100 to Gov. Brown for approval
OAKLAND, CA – Today, historic legislation to transition California to 100 percent clean, carbon-free electricity cleared its final legislative hurdle. Senate Bill 100 passed the Assembly floor today with 44 votes and now heads to Governor Brown’s desk to be signed into law. (more…)