Statement: California accelerating toward a clean energy-powered future

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RICHMOND, Calif. –  Gov. Gavin Newsom provided an update Thursday on California’s transition to clean energy and outlined a plan to achieve the state’s climate goals. “Building The Electricity Grid of the Future: California’s Clean Energy Transition Plan,” demonstrates California’s new and ongoing efforts to generate 100% of its electricity from clean sources while addressing reliability challenges and ensuring an affordable energy transition for all.

The new plan acknowledges California’s success in exceeding several incremental targets ahead of schedule, including a benchmark of 33% renewable energy, reducing climate emissions to 1990 levels, and the statewide sale of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles. It updates the plan from the 2021 SB 100 Joint Agency Report on the effort to build an unprecedented amount of new clean energy infrastructure to get 90% of the state’s energy from clean sources by 2035 and 100% by 2045. .

The plan explains the state’s efforts in four key areas, including: planning for a future in which we use more electric power for clean vehicles and buildings; deploying an unprecedented scale of new clean electric power resources like solar, wind and battery storage, ensuring grid reliability during extreme weather, and helping keep Californians’ electric bills affordable. 

In response, Laura Deehan, Environment California’s State Director, released the following statement:

“Governor Newsom’s update shows that California is at the head of the pack in the nation and the world, in the race against climate change, with visionary goals and meaningful progress towards a future powered 100% with clean energy resources such as the wind and the sun. We thank the governor for leading the way in acting on climate. 

“We can do even more to take advantage of the existing built environment on the large rooftops of warehouses and superstores, along highways and over parking lots to get to our goals even faster, while protecting our open spaces.”