New Bill Requires Carbon-Free Energy by 2045

Legislators voted on a bill Tuesday that would require 100 percent of California's electricity to come from carbon-free sources. 

A previous mandate had already listed the state to generate 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 but the new bill, SB 100, increased the amount to 60 percent and gives California until 2045 to meet the 100 percent goal. 

“This is a pivotal moment for California, for the country and the world,” Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club said.

The bill passed the State Assembly by a vote of 44 to 33 and is expected to be made final by the end of the legislative session on Friday.  

State Senator Kevin de León, who introduced the measure said,  “Because of the fires, because of the extreme drought, because of the anti-environmental edicts coming from this president, there’s a huge ground swell of support.” 

The bill has already received criticism even with energy providers Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric Company stating that the mandate could prove costly for consumers and taxpayers. 

While Gov. brown has not yet commented on the legislation, he is likely to sign it given his stance on climate change. 

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