On September 10, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown, signed Senate Bill 100 (SB 100) into law. SB 100 commits California to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045. With SB 100, California joins Hawaii and New Jersey as the first states committing to 100% carbon-free energy.
This bill sets the high-water mark for both the timeline and scale of a state’s commitment to clean energy to date, and it is another demonstration by California of its pledge to clean energy. As with the other states pursuing these clean energy goals, greater grid flexibility will be needed to manage the fluctuations associated with greater reliance on intermittent resources. For California, this may involve relying on the Energy Imbalance Market to a greater degree or increasing its energy storage goals. Finally, though the bill recognizes the carbon-free energy from nuclear and other sources in achieving its goals, thus far there has been no activity to forestall the scheduled closure of Diablo Canyon.
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Additional Contributing Author: Luke Williams
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