View Full Version : California on Verge of Mandating 100% Renewable Energy by 2045

08-30-2018, 03:14 PM
The California Assembly on Tuesday passed SB 100, which would mandate that 100 percent of retail electric sales come from renewable sources by 2045.

The bill, “California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program: Emissions of Greenhouse Gases (SB-100),” directs the Public Utilities Commission to accelerate its mandate that retail electricity sellers produce or procure a continuously rising percentage of energy supplies from zero-carbon sources.

The new schedule requires the current 25 percent standard to rise to 33 percent by the end of 2020; 44 percent by the end of 2024; 52 percent by the end of 2027; 60 percent by the end of 2030; and 100 percent by the end of 2045.

The controversial legislation took two years to move through the state legislature. Although the Democrat leadership aggressively backed the final bill and the Republican leadership fought just as hard against it, the final 44-to-33 vote margin saw some Assembly members on both sides cross party lines.