Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs renewable energy bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs renewable energy bill

SB 100 was first introduced a year ago by California Sen.

Is that possible after the signature of Gov.

"This bill and the executive order put California on a path to meet the goals of Paris and beyond". This will require large investments across all sectors - energy, transportation, industrial, commercial and residential buildings, agriculture, and various forms of sequestration including natural and working lands, Brown said. "But it must be done".

"If we're going to have these first-in-the-nation laws, we want to see first-in-the-nation benefits", said Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable.

So what happened this week?

Governor Jerry Brown signed the SB-100 bill, which sets an overall 100 percent clean energy goal for California, 50 percent by 2025.

At the same time, California has grappled with an oversupply of renewable energy, especially at noon when the sun is at its highest, leading the state to offload solar energy to other states.

The goal would require replacing carbon-producing fuels such as coal and gasoline with renewable energy such as wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power.

Brown has often faced criticism that he's too lenient with the oil industry, including from environmental groups pushing him to create a moratorium on new oil and gas wells in the state.

Less than a fortnight after the California State Assembly passed Senate Bill 100 (SB-100) by a margin of 43 to 32, the State's Governor has signed the bill into law, confirming the words of the bill's author, State Senator Kevin de León, last month: "When it comes to fighting climate change and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, California won't back down". Governor Jerry Brown signed the historic piece of legislation today.

California has almost 54,000 active wells, some of them close to urbanized areas in Southern California and the Central Valley, according to state data.

What kind of energy are we actually talking about?

Were it to be an independent country, California would have the fifth largest economy in the world, trailing only Germany, Japan, China and the US. And the prices of wind contracts went down have gone down 47 percent over the same general time period, according to the California Public Utilities Commission. Still, the order does try to hedge against overly disruptive solutions to the economy, stating "All policies and programs undertaken to achieve carbon neutrality shall seek to improve air quality and support the health and economic resiliency of urban and rural communities, particularly low-income and disadvantaged communities". Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, left, who carried the bill in the Assembly, reacts.

What are the criticisms on this bill?

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