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Friday, October 16, 2015

California Energy, 50% Renewables by 2030

California continues to lead US states in shifting to clean sources of energy.  We believe this will, in so many ways, transform their economy, offer their cities and towns growth in jobs and local income and will lead to a more resilient future for this critical important part of the US system:

Moving boldly to combat climate change and curb toxic carbon pollution, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed landmark legislation - SB 350 by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) - that establishes world-leading energy efficiency and renewable energy goals for California.

"California has taken groundbreaking steps to increase the efficiency of our cars, buildings and appliances and provide ever more renewable energy," said Governor Brown. "With SB 350, we deepen our commitment."

Governor Brown signed the legislation from the East Terrace of the Griffith Observatory overlooking the City of Los Angeles and was joined by dozens of government, climate, business, environmental justice and community leaders.

SB 350 codifies goals Governor Brown laid out in his January 2015 inaugural address to double the rate of energy efficiency savings in California buildings and generate half of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

"Today, California is laying the groundwork for a healthier and sustainable future for all of our families," said Senate President pro Tempore De León. "We are showing the world through innovation how we can transition and increase access to renewable energy while cleaning up the air we breathe, especially in our most polluted communities."

The legislation is an important step in the state's landmark plan to cut climate-warming pollution. It also establishes state policy to promote transportation electrification to meet the state's climate and clean air goals.

"Rising sea levels will impact homes, businesses, infrastructure, our national security, and our economy," said Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins. "That's why SB 350 is so important to our future. With SB 350 California is leading by example. It sets the course for our state, for the nation and for the world. There will come a time when climate change deniers finally pull their heads out of the sand. When that day comes, they can look around and see that California will be in better shape because we put SB 350 in place today."

SB 350 builds on California's current 33 percent renewables portfolio standard, signed into law by Governor Brown in 2011.

"We are extremely happy that Governor Brown is signing SB 350, and grateful for Senator Kevin De Leon's leadership," said Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles (PSR-LA) Executive Director Martha Dina Argüello. "PSR-LA is committed to continuing to work with the Governor, the Legislature, and the California Air Resources Board to make sure SB 350 is fully implemented. By increasing renewable energy production and energy efficiency in buildings we can reduce the terrible health burdens caused by our use of dirty energy and fuels."
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