The State of California will officially be committed to transitioning towards 100% clean renewable energy in the next 27 years by 2045. On Monday, September 10, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 100 after being passed by both houses of the state legislature in Sacramento. In various stages, the bill, written by Los Angeles State Senator and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Kevin de Leon, mandates that 50% of the state’s electricity to be powered by renewable resources in less than ten years by 2025 and 2026, and 60% in more than ten years by 2030. On the day that the bill was passed, Governor Brown also signed an executive order calling for statewide carbon neutrality in which the state and the energy utility, as well as production companies, must remove large amounts of emitted greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
California is not the only state or jurisdiction in the country to commit towards 100% renewable energy production and distribution. Three years ago in 2015, Hawaii also ratified a law that would mandate total green energy usage by 2045. Cities such as Aspen, Colorado, Burlington, Vermont, and Georgetown, Texas have attained 100% renewable energy electrical power.
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