The golden state of California is planning to run on 100% renewable energy by 2045. A new bill passed by the state Senate states that California will use 100% clean energy generated from natural resources like solar, water and wind.
A Bill SB 584 passed by speaker Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon in February 2017 says that the state will be using 100% clean energy by 2045. Kevin De Leon was the one who introduced the mandate of 50% clean energy in the state previously. California is still on the way to reach the 50% clean energy mandate by 2030 and now this bill of 100% clean energy is something to look forward to in the future. The mandate of 100% clean energy by 2045 will accelerate the currently existing 50% clean energy by 2030. After Hawaii, California is the second state in the US to pass the mandate to use 100% clean energy by 2045.
It is expected that California will maintain its position in the market and will achieve the 100% clean energy target on time. The number of hours of direct sunlight that the state receives daily is a huge benefit, but the state still has a long way to go in order to reach the 2045 goal. There are sure to be a number of issues that may arise along the way. One of these issues is the demand for solar energy already in existence and the state’s struggle to sustain the mid-day demands for their residents.
The SB 584 bill is going to be a huge step towards the advancement of alternative energy usage not only in California but across the country. It is difficult to speculate the effect this bill may have on energy policies across the country. Previously, much emphasis had been placed on the use of fossil fuels to produce energy. In recent days, Washington has indicated there may be a return to the prevalence of fossil fuel use. This causes a bit of worry in the minds of those who support the advancement of alternative energy because history tells us that the fossil fuel industry has had a detrimental effect on environmental bills in the past. What may happen with SB 584 remains to be seen.
Another important item that catches the attention of those in support of the advancement of alternative energy is the approval of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Pruitt has a reputation as a sort of enemy of environmental regulations and may hinder the further use of solar energy in exchange for fossil fuels.
The three large utilities of California already get 24-35% of their energy from renewable resources, which puts them ahead of the renewable portfolio standard (RPS). Reaching the goal of 100% clean energy by 2045 is a step that will decide the future of clean energy in not just US but around the world. Now the two US states, Hawaii and California, are tied in the race to reach 100% renewable energy by 2045 and are the states in the US with the most aggressive RPS.
The mandate is a welcome change amidst several changes happening in US politics after the Trump administration entered office. Global warming is a prime concern among environmentalists and adequate steps are needed to save the earth and its natural resources. The 100% clean energy mandate of California and Hawaii will inspire other countries to take steps in the direction of clean energy.
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