Oakland, California-- Environment California launched its 2021 campaign for 100 percent clean renewable energy in California on Monday. As the Biden Administration also sets its sights on achieving carbon pollution-free power nationwide by 2035, the state-based environmental advocacy organization is calling Governor Newsom to speed the state’s transition to 100% renewable electricity to 2030.
“From solar panels on Los Angeles rooftops to wind turbines blowing in Northern California fields, California is already reaping the benefits of tapping into the renewable resources right here in our backyards,” said Lizzi Nickerson, Clean Energy Associate “While we’ve seen remarkable progress already, we can do so much more to pick up the pace. Ambitious goals, including a commitment to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, are some of the best tools in our toolbox to move our state toward the clean energy future we want and need.”
To support an accelerated transition to 100% renewable energy in the next ten years, Environment California will support state legislation that endeavors to increase the state’s capacity for clean energy production.
“The impact of climate change on our state is crystal clear, as is one of the necessary solutions: Transition to 100% renewable energy. These energy sources will not only affordably and reliably power the grid, but they will also provide well-paying jobs and improve our public health. California has always led on the environment, and given the climate crisis, we must continue to lead” said Assemblymember, David Chiu.
Environment California’s effort is part of a national trend. Seven states have already enacted laws requiring 100 percent clean or renewable electricity by 2050 or sooner, and President Biden campaigned on achieving carbon pollution-free power nationwide by 2035. Cities and businesses across the country are also opting for clean, efficient and increasingly affordable renewables. More than 170 U.S. cities, including 33 in California, have committed to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. Many of these cities have already achieved 100% renewable electricity, or have set their sights on 2030 as the deadline to achieve it.
“Some people may be turning their focus to federal action now, but we know states like California still have a crucial role to play in shaping America’s energy future,” said Nickerson “We have the opportunity to join seven other national leaders and show the rest of the country how it’s done, all the while ensuring a cleaner, healthier future for Californians. That strikes me as an opportunity we can’t afford to pass up.”
Environment California works for clean air, clean water, clean energy, wildlife and open spaces, and a livable climate. Our members across the state put grassroots support behind our research and advocacy. Environment California is part of Environment America, a national network of 29 state environmental groups. For more information about Environment California visit: www.environmentcalifornia.org.