It’s not only major tech companies that are promising to shift all of their energy use to renewables, entire states in the U.S. are doing the same. California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill which will require the state to source electricity from 100 percent renewable sources by 2045. This step has been taken to combat climate change.
California isn’t the only state in the country to have set such an ambitious goal. Hawaii has already done that but with this bill, California becomes the largest economy globally to promise a shift to 100 percent clean energy in the next two decades.
Surrounded by state lawmakers at the signing ceremony, Brown said that “There is no understating the importance of this measure.” The new law also shows that California is in support of the global Paris agreement to combat climate change, the same agreement that President Trump withdrew the United States from last year citing concerns that it would be detrimental to the U.S. economy.
“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,” reiterated. Despite opposition from the state’s biggest utilities, the bill has received strong support from environmental activists, public health groups, and renewable energy companies.
The bill – SB 100 – mandates that utilities source 60 percent of their power from renewable sources by the end of 2030. The ultimate goal is to have the entire state powered by renewable and zero-carbon energy sources by 2045.