On August 28th, the California State Assembly passed a historic bill that would require the state to obtain 100% of all retail electricity sales from renewable and zero-emissions resources by 2045.
The Assembly version of bill SB 100 now heads back to the Senate for final approval, before heading to Governor Jerry Brown's desk. If signed by Gov. Brown, California will become the second state in the U.S., after Hawaii, to mandate 100% clean energy by 2045. Seen as broader than Hawaii's clean energy bill, California's bill expands the requirement of zero-carbon resources to allow flexibility for new technologies that may arise. As the world's fifth largest economy, and the largest state in the U.S. with nearly 40 million residents, California stands to be a critical testing ground for renewable energy.