Wednesday, February 22, 2017

California Bill Aims for 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2045

Under legislation proposed by State Sen. Kevin de Leon, the state would dramatically ramp up efforts to decarbonize its grid.

California, already using massive solar facilities like Ivanpah to power thousands of homes, proposes a bill to rid its grid of fossil fuels by 2045. (Credit: Getty Images) Click to Enlarge.
California's Senate leader has introduced legislation that would require the state to draw all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045.  If passed, the bill would make the nation's largest state the second to commit to a carbon-free grid.

State Sen. Kevin de Leon, a Democrat, introduced the bill last week as a placeholder ahead of a filing deadline, with more detailed language to come, spokesman Anthony Reyes said in an email.

The legislation makes California the latest in a small number of states this year to propose dramatically ramping up renewable energy, even as President Donald Trump stresses primarily fossil fuels in his energy plan.

In January, lawmakers in Massachusetts filed legislation that would go even further, requiring fossil fuel-free electricity by 2035, and asking the same from other sectors, including transportation and heating, by 2050.

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