The California Assembly has passed a bill that commits the state to transition to a 100% renewable energy grid by 2045, making it the largest economy in the world to have made such a pledge. Legislators voted 45-32 on Tuesday (28 August) to approve Senate Bill 100 (SB 100), which gives the state 27 years to remove oil and natural gas from its energy mix. The bill additionally sets an interim target of 60% renewable power in the state-wide energy mix by 2030, a 10% increase on the previous target of 50% by the same deadline. California met more than a third (34%) of its energy needs with renewable power last year, according to the latest data from the state’s energy commission. SB100 will now go once more to the California State Senate as a formality before being sent to Governor Jerry Brown, who is widely expected to sign the motion off in the next 30 days.
Edie 29th Aug 2018 read more »
California has given fossil fuel-derived energy a hefty shove towards obsolescence after legislators voted to require that 100% of the state’s electricity come from carbon-free sources. The bill, which will need to be approved by the state senate and Governor Jerry Brown, will require a complete shift to clean energy such as solar and wind by 2045. It would also demand that electric utilities source 60% of their power from renewable sources by 2030, up from the current target of 50%. California ridding itself entirely of carbon-intensive energy has been a politically vexed proposition for the past two years, with state Re publicans arguing it was unfeasible and would drive up electricity prices.
Guardian 29th Aug 2018 read more »
Renew Economy 30th Aug 2018 read more »
Facebook is set to be powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity by the end of the decade, the internet giant has announced, after hitting its goal of sourcing half its power from renewables a year earlier than expected. In a blog post published yesterday, the social media giant also promised to reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions by 75 per cent by 2020, although a baseline year for the target was not provided.
Business Green 29th Aug 2018 read more »