CALIFORNIA DREAMIN': Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Law BANNING Fossil Fuels by 2045

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN': Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Law BANNING Fossil Fuels by 2045

The crux of Senate Bill 100, authored by state Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D) pledges that California will obtain 100 percent of its power from clean sources by 2045.

California is the second USA state after Hawaii to commit to carbon-free energy.

"There is no understating the importance of this measure", Brown said at a signing ceremony in Sacramento surrounded by state lawmakers.

"It's impossible to overstate how significant it is for a state as large and influential as California to commit to 100 percent clean energy", the Sierra Club said in a statement. Hawaii is the only other US state to set a similar goal.

Hawaii past year became the first US state to commit to 100 percent clean energy. The bill's signing comes just days before Brown is set to host a global conference on climate change in San Francisco, a final effort to showcase California's actions on the environment before he ends his fourth and final term as governor in January.

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In addition to that target, the legislation establishes benchmarks, requiring energy service providers to generate 50 percent of power from renewable resources by 2026 and 60 percent by 2030.

Environmental activists enthusiastically backed the measure, but there was opposition from some of the state's largest utility companies.

Utility Pacific Gas & Electric said the law could raise customer bills and make the grid less reliable. By 2045, all of the state's electricity must come from renewable or other zero-carbon sources.

A report released by the state's energy commission estimated that in 2017 around one third of retail electricity sales in California came from renewable sources.