California governor commits to 100
percent clean energy
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[September 11, 2018]
By Nichola Groom
(Reuters) - California Gov. Jerry Brown on
Monday signed a bill requiring the state to source electricity from
exclusively carbon-free sources by 2045, a move aimed at combating
climate change that clashes with U.S. President Donald Trump's
pro-fossil fuel policies.
The law makes California the largest global economy to commit to 100
percent clean energy. Hawaii is the only other U.S. state to set a
"There is no understating the importance of this measure," Brown said at
a signing ceremony in Sacramento surrounded by state lawmakers.
The law sends a message that California supports the global Paris
agreement to fight climate change, he said. Trump withdrew from the
accord last year over concerns that it would hurt the U.S. economy,
making the United States the only country to do so.
"We are going to meet the Paris agreement and we're going to continue
down that path to transition our economy to zero carbon emissions,"
Brown's signing came days before he hosts a gathering of local,
international and business leaders in San Francisco to highlight the
urgency of addressing climate change.
California has repeatedly clashed with the federal government's policies
on climate change, immigration and other issues since Trump became
The bill received strong support from environmental activists, renewable
energy companies and public health groups. The state's biggest
utilities, however, opposed the measure.
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California Governor Jerry Brown delivers his final state of the
state address in Sacramento, California, U.S., January 25, 2018.
REUTERS/Fred Greaves/File Photo
Utility Pacific Gas & Electric said the law could raise customer
bills and make the grid less reliable. "If it's not affordable, it's
not sustainable," utility spokeswoman Lynsey Paulo said in an
The clean energy bill, known as SB 100, passed the legislature last
The law requires utilities to source 60 percent of their power from
renewable energy by the end of 2030, up from a prior goal of 50
percent. By 2045, all of the state's electricity must come from
renewable or other zero-carbon sources.
In 2017, 32 percent of California's retail electricity sales were
served by renewable energy facilities, according to the California
(Reporting by Nichola Groom; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Richard
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