August 29 (Renewables Now) - The California Assembly on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 100 that sets a goal for the state to get 100% of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045.
The bill, authored by Senator Kevin de Leon, also states that California's 50% renewable electricity target should be achieved in 2026, rather than in 2030 as under current law, and introduces a goal of 60% by 2030.
Hailing the news, Vote Solar's executive director Adam Browning said: "When the world’s 5th largest economy votes to go 100% clean, there’s no room left for the naysayers to say it can’t be done."
The bill will now return to the Senate for concurrence and then go to Governor Jerry Brown for signing into law.
According to estimates by the California Energy Commission, 32% of retail electricity sales in the state in 2017 were served by renewable energy facilities, which is ahead of schedule as the current Renewables Portfolio Standard calls for 33% of retail sales to come from renewables by 2020.