Historic legislation to transition California to 100% clean, carbon-free electricity cleared its final legislative hurdle. Senate Bill 100 passed the Assembly floor on Tuesday with 43 votes and now heads to Governor Brown’s desk to be signed into law.
The CA100 coalition, is a coalition of clean energy advocates, environmental organizations, environmental justice and equity groups, health experts, union representatives, religious leaders and many other California stakeholders that has built significant statewide support for California’s leadership in the transition to 100 percent clean electricity. The coalition drove more than 70,000 calls, emails, postcards, petition signatures and in-person meetings with Assembly members in support of SB100.
Bill coauthor Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) said on the Assembly floor before the vote, “There is no other issue but climate… Let’s show the world, who is watching, what we are able to achieve in California.”
This bill also increases California’s clean energy goals from 50% by 2030 to 60 % by 2030. Governor Brown has thirty days to sign this bill into law. Once signed, California will represent the largest global economy and one of the biggest states of any kind in the world to have a goal of moving to 100% clean energy.
Going all in on clean energy will signal a massive energy shift around the country as the United States’ wealthiest and most populous state commits to power itself entirely by carbon-free electricity.
California has a long history of setting ambitious clean energy commitments and environmental safeguards. As bolder goals have been set, thousands of jobs were created and billions of dollars in revenue generated across the state. According to the Department of Energy, over 500,000 people work in California work in the clean energy sector-- a number that far surpasses any other state in the country. Unlike coal, jobs in renewable energy have a positive growth outlook. SB100 will accelerate an already growing sector to provide Californians across the state new, productive jobs.
Meanwhile, the state remains the world’s fifth largest economy, proving that strong clean energy goals and environmental safeguards are a recipe for a stronger, more inclusive economy.
Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, issued the following statement:
"This is a pivotal moment for California, for the country, and the world. While Donald Trump abandons reality by ignoring the climate crisis and the incredible growth of clean energy, California is stepping up to lead the transition to a 100 percent clean energy economy. Now, one of the world’s largest economies and millions of homes and business will be powered by 100 percent by clean, renewable energy by 2045, if not sooner.
“Ongoing wildfires fueled by record-high temperatures and drier conditions exacerbated by climate change have shown us that we can't wait any longer to tackle the climate crisis and move to clean energy. Moving to a clean energy economy will bring on a new era of prosperity that leaves no workers behind, protects our health and our communities, and creates new jobs and opportunities for people across the country.
“Today, California is showing the world that moving to 100 percent clean energy is within our reach and what bold climate leadership looks like in the face of a Trump Administration."
“California has long been the home of big thinkers, innovators, and change-makers, and with SB100 we’ll be unleashing that entrepreneurial spirit to solve the existential challenge of climate change,” said Adam Browning, Executive Director of Vote Solar. “Together we can and must build a 21st-century energy economy that benefits everyone. Let the nation and the world take note: a bright, prosperous and 100 percent clean energy future is 100 percent possible.”
“A wider awareness is sweeping California that there is no more time to waste. We have to take every action available to us to avoid the worst effects of climate disruption. Our leaders finally seem to understand this, and have made the right decision in passing SB100. We need to keep marching along this path,” said Nicole Kemeny, President, 350 Silicon Valley.
“It’s bold, necessary, and achievable. This bill makes 100 percent clean electricity a reality. A child born today is a lot closer to a young adulthood untouched by smoggy days, thanks to this bill,” said Kathryn Phillips, Director of Sierra Club California.
“Today, California made history.