Bill to speed clean energy adoption in California heads to governor’s desk

The Clean Energy, Jobs, and Affordability Act adds momentum to a movement that aims to power the lives of Californians with clean renewable energy.

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Earlier this year, Environment California State Director Laura Deehan spoke at an event in support of offshore wind in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Step by clean, renewable step — that’s how California will achieve its ambitious goal of 100% clean energy by 2045.

On Aug. 31, the California General Assembly passed the Clean Energy, Jobs, and Affordability Act to establish key benchmarks for the state’s renewable energy transition over the next few decades. The bill requires renewable energy and zero-carbon resources to supply 90% of the state’s electricity sales by 2035, and 95% of sales by 2040. State agencies will also be required to use 100% renewable energy and zero-carbon resources to serve their own facilities by 2035.

Gov. Gavin Newsom, who asked the Legislature to establish the pathway to a clean energy future, is expected to sign the bill into law.

“California will soon be on a quicker and brighter path toward our clean energy future,” said Environment California Clean Energy Advocate Steven King. “Interim clean energy goals between now and 2045 will help make sure we stay on track and keep making steady, meaningful progress toward cleaner air and a healthier climate.”

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