California is setting an ambitious goal to source all of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045. Governor Brown signed a bill Monday in Sacramento that also calls for the state’s utility companies to generate 60 percent of their energy from renewable sources-wind, solar, hydro-by 2030. That’s a 10 percent increase in the existing mandate. However, there’s no penalty for the carbon-free goal if not met.
“It’s not going to be easy and will not be immediate, but it must be done,” said Brown. “California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change.”
Residents in many parts of the Bay Area are already getting their power from renewable sources. They’ve also achieved the Governor’s carbon-free goal.
The main provider of clean energy in the Bay Area is a collection of seven community agencies, including Silicon Valley Clean Energy. In just over a year’s time, it is already meeting the Governor’s goal of carbon free electricity by 2045.
“From the time that we first began our service in April 2017, our default product has been carbon free and 50 percent renewable,” said Pamela Leonard, community outreach manager at Silicon Valley Clean Energy.