California Senate leader puts 100% renewable energy on the table in new legislation

Source: By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times • Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It wasn’t just talk — Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) is proposing legislation that would require California to generate all of its electricity from renewable sources.

The measure, SB 584, was introduced without fanfare before last week’s deadline for new proposals in the Capitol.

If approved, 100% of the state’s electricity would need to come from clean sources such as solar and wind by 2045. De León  first suggested the idea  in a conversation with The Times last month.

The measure would also accelerate the state’s goal of reaching 50% renewable energy. Legislation approved two years ago  set a deadline of 2030  , but the new proposal would move that up to 2025.

Hitting those targets would keep California a few steps ahead of New York, which wants 50% renewable energy by 2030, and on par with Hawaii, which is seeking 100% renewable energy by 2045.