California aims to get all electricity from clean sources

Cristina Cross
September 14, 2018

The bill received strong support from environmental activists, renewable energy companies and public health groups. As MIT Technology Review previously reported, the state is, "acting as a test bed for what's technically achievable, providing a massive market for the rollout of clean-energy technologies and building a body of knowledge that other states and nations can leverage".

"Today we're setting a marker that will be remembered by future generations", de Leon said.

A statement from Pacific Gas & Electric spokesperson Lynsey Paulo reportedly said prices could rise for customers thanks to the new law. Yes, they do. So what we believe is that people are increasingly seeing the symptoms.

While California has been a leader on reducing the amount of electricity it gets from burning fossil fuels, the state has struggled to be as forward-leaning in reducing the greenhouse gas pollution spewed from cars and trucks. Almost every yes vote came from Democrats. "This clean energy bill is also a big win for our economy and jobs, as we have already demonstrated here in California that we can improve our energy resources while making a positive economic impact".

But the flurry of promises and promissary notes run head-on into two hard and unyielding realities, one political and the other rooted in the physics of a warming planet.

Californians overall seem to favor the law.

While 32% of commercial energy sale previous year was purchased from renewable sources, one glaring problem California faces is having the overall energy supply matchup with overall demand for electricity.

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The law is the culmination of a movement that began 16 years ago, when former Gov. The state now gets about 44 percent of its power from renewables and hydropower. Lawmakers ratcheted that target up several times, leading to the construction of massive new solar farms and expanded wind facilities.

California utilities are struggling to integrate the abundant solar energy now produced.

In 2017, 32 percent of California's retail electricity sales were served by renewable energy facilities, according to the California Energy Commission.

He has positioned California as a global leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Opponents - including the state's investor-owned utilities run by PG&E Corp., Edison International and Sempra Energy - said the renewable energy goal is not realistic and raised concerns that the requirement would increase electricity costs.

Monday's law goes further, saying the last 40 percent of the 100 percent total can come from "carbon-free" sources, including large dams, nuclear power and even natural gas-fired power plants, if they can capture and store the carbon in the ground, which so far is an unproven technology. PG&E in June 2016 announced that the Diablo Canyon units would close in 2024 and 2025.

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