California Governor Jerry Brown has officially signed Senate Bill 100 (SB100) into law, setting the fifth largest economy in the world on a path to 100% renewable energy by 2045. SB100 builds on California’s clean energy leadership by establishing bold new clean energy targets for the state.
California is now the largest global economy to commit to 100% renewable energy.
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:
“It’s impossible to overstate how significant it is for a state as large and influential as California to commit to 100% clean energy. California is showing the world that a transition to 100% clean energy is within reach and it will continue to drive the transition away from fossil fuels — and it is doing this while the federal government abandons clean energy. Senate Bill 100 reflects the state’s commitment to reduce climate and air pollution, and it builds on the ingenuity and the strength of its workforce.
“Today, over 90% of Californians live in an area where the air is unhealthy to breathe. Leaving dirty fuels behind is the only way to deliver clean, breathable air, especially in the communities of color and low-income communities that are home to dirty fossil fuel infrastructure. Moving to 100% clean energy will protect all Californians from the dangers of fossil fuel pollution.
“California has long been a leader. Now, its commitment to 100% clean energy will serve to inspire even more leadership throughout the country and around the globe in the transition away from fossil fuels.”
In response to the news, Liz Burdock, executive director of the Business Network for Offshore Wind, said: “With today’s signing of S.B.100, Governor Jerry Brown and the State of California have taken an historic leap forward for clean energy. Recent commercial advancements in floating technology mean California’s offshore wind resource is an awakening goliath.“
She added: “By including offshore wind as a key resource to meet its new goal, California will grow local businesses, create thousands of good jobs, attract billions of dollars in private investment, and deliver not only clean but affordable electricity to California’s grid.”