Orange County Leaders Urge California Lawmakers to Pass SB 100 for 100% Clean Energy
Fullerton - Local supporters, city officials, business leaders, and environmental groups gathered at Cal State Fullerton to urge passage of Senate Bill 100 (De León). SB 100 will ensure that California generates 100% of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2045.
“We are 100% ready for 100% clean energy,” said Bret Weinberger, organizer with Environment California. “Clean energy is good for our planet, good for our communities, and good for our economy. We must take action now to ensure a 100% clean energy future for California.”
SB 100 has passed the State Senate and now awaits a vote on the Assembly floor. Action is needed before the legislative session ends for the year on September 15, 2017.
California passed its first clean energy standard in 2002 (Sher). The first law required California energy providers to generate 17% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Subsequent bills have ramped up the clean energy standard. SB 350 (De León) was the last clean energy bill to pass two years ago, requiring that California energy providers generate 50% renewable electricity by 2030.
California utilities are ahead of the current clean energy goals that have been enshrined in law.
"SB 100 is the next logical step toward a California where leadership in clean energy aligns with innovation and economic development," said State Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton). "It's my firm belief that environmental stewardship and a robust and dynamic California economy are not mutually exclusive propositions, especially if supported by thoughtful, forward-looking public policy. SB100 is but one more step in that direction, and is wholly consistent with the Golden State's historic record of national environmental leadership. In this era of climate change and fossil fuel energy instability, I commend Senator de Leon's commitment to driving the shift to clean and renewable energy which will necessarily be at the core of the California economy of the future."
Roger Gloss of Orange County for Climate Action envisioned: “In a world powered by clean energy there will be no more refinery fires and toxic chemical releases, no more oil train explosions, burst pipelines or Deepwater Horizons. Leadership from Sacramento is critical right now because there is currently no leadership coming from the president, the EPA, or Congress.”
A recent report by Environment California Research & Policy Center found that California has seen a 2,583% increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and a 245% increase in wind powerproductionoverthepastdecade. The report, Renewables on the Rise, makes the case that the progress we’ve seen in California and around the country on renewable energy and technologies like battery storage and electric cars should give Californians the confidence that we can take clean energy to the next level.
Entrepreneur Adam Plesniak of the American Solar Energy Society, concluded: “When it comes to renewable energy, it is all eyes on California. California, with its 6th largest economy in the world, progressive policies and incredible natural solar resource, is the pace car in the race to a global carbon free energy system.”