For example, last month Southern California Edison (SCE) submitted its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) that highlighted the significant role of energy storage in achieving the state's electricity sector greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals by 2030.
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. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that drastically ups the state's clean energy goals and commits to 100 percent zero-carbon emissions in just a few decades. Jerry Brown on Monday, the latest in a series of ambitious goals set by the state to combat the effects of climate change.
He also signed a bill, SB100, making the state's electricity completely emissions-free by 2045.
Brown also signed an order that seeks to remove carbon from the air.
Brown's signing came days before he hosts a gathering of local, global and business leaders in San Francisco to highlight the urgency of addressing climate change.
Environmental activists enthusiastically backed the measure, but there was opposition from some of the state's largest utility companies. Yes, they do. So what we believe is that people are increasingly seeing the symptoms.
"Those who don't want it are going to be foisting very high prices on California, and I think there will be resistance to that", Brown said.
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Brown said in a statement as he signed the law in Sacramento, "California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change".
"We applaud the governor for his support to make a 100% clean energy grid a reality for our great state, and demonstrating California's global leadership for a secure, clean, affordable energy future", said Amisha Rai, Senior Director of California Policy for the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).
Under the new law, California will aim to hit 50 percent renewable energy in 2025 and 60 percent by 2030. The state now gets about 44 percent of its power from renewables and hydropower. Brown is also fighting the Trump Administration's effort to deny California's authority to set its own, more stringent auto-pollution standards. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles.
"If we're going to have these first-in-the-nation laws, we want to see first-in-the-nation benefits", said Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable.
Experts say that while a goal of having 100% renewable energy by 2050 is an important one to strive for, there is some concern as to whether it is attainable. The bulk of that is solar energy.
Emissions are falling. Since 2004, as renewable energy has boomed, California's greenhouse gas emissions have dropped by 13 percent, even as the economy has grown by 26 percent over the same time.
NPR's Planet Money reported that on a sunny day this June, almost 50 percent of the state's electricity came from solar energy alone. Others say the goal of 100 percent renewables is not realistic because wind and solar power are not always available.