California Assembly votes in favor of 100% clean power by 2045

By Erin Voegele | August 29, 2018

On Aug. 28, the California Assembly passed Senate Bill 100 by a vote of 44 to 33. The legislation aims to require retail electricity suppliers within the state to secure 100 percent of their power from renewables or zero-emissions sources by 2045.

The bill passed the California Senate on May 31 by a vote of 25 to 13. The legislation passed by the Assembly will now go back to the Senate to reconcile some minor differnces. It will then be considered by Gov. Jerry Brown.

SB 100 was first introduced in last year by California Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles.

The legislation directs the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, and Air Resources Board to adopt policies and requirements to achieve total reliance on renewable energy and zero-carbon resources by 2025. It also requires a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) benchmark of 50 percent renewables by 2026, increasing to 60 percent by 2030.

California’s current RPS requires 25 percent renewables by Dec. 31, 2016, increasing to 33 percent by Dec. 31, 2020, 40 percent by Dec. 31, 2024, 45 percent by Dec. 31, 2027 and 50 percent by Dec. 31, 2030.

A full copy of the bill can be downloaded from the California Legislature website.