Proposed Legislation Could Hasten California’s Renewable Energy Goals

Proposed Legislation Could Hasten California's Renewable Energy Goals

California’s Renewable Energy Commitment.

Kevin de Leon, the senate president of California, proposed a legislation that would allow the state to be more committed to its renewable energy target. If successful, the law would mandate California to get 50% of its energy demands from renewable sources by 2025, and 100% by 2045.

Currently, California’s renewable energy mandate only targets a 50% conversion by 2030. De Leon says that this setup is not good enough, which is why a new legislation needs to be put in place.

In Support of California’s Renewable Energy Targets.

California has been a longtime leader in sustainable and renewable energy. Along with other states such as Hawaii, California is committed to bringing in 100% renewable energy in the future. In February, Utah, Colorado, and Moab were the latest areas in the U.S. to support a full 100% renewable energy adoption. To date, the number of cities in the U.S. that support the same legislation as California is 23, including strongholds in the state such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.

Other states that support solar power

Other states are following suit, aiming for California’s target of 100% renewable dependency such as Massachusetts, whose legislation would mandate that the state obtain 100% of its energy demands in transportation, manufacturing, and electricity from renewable sources. Massachusetts is eyeing 2050 as its target date for full implementation.

In Hawaii, the Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) submitted a plan to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, which includes a 92% target dependency on renewables by 2030. If successful, Hawaii would no longer depend on crude oil as its main source of energy.

Support from celebrities

Celebrities who support solar power seem to be campaigning for the green energy movement in their respective states.

Edward Norton, who lives in Boston, Massachusetts, not only chose to install solar panels in his home but also started the Solar Neighbors program — an initiative to promote clean energy to the rest of the world. Norton has been nominated for three Academy Awards for his roles in Primal Fear, American History X, and Birdman. Salma Hayek, who was nominated for an Oscar for the film Frida, is a known backer of Norton’s program.

Brad Pitt, who was born in Oklahoma, and seems to be doing all he can to be a good example in his home state. That’s because apart from his support of Norton’s Solar Neighbors, he’s also a backer of the Make it Right Foundation — an organization that builds solar-powered homes.

Pitt is still one of Hollywood’s top actors and has the ability to change people’s views on pressing topics. He’s best known for his iconic roles in Interview with the Vampire, Ocean’s Eleven, and Troy. Due to Pitt’s sheer popularity among film buffs, the majority of his films have gone onto creating a number of spinoffs including the mobile slot version of Treasures of Troy, and his name has transcended many industries from film, fashion, television to photography.

Apart from the aforementioned charities that he supports, Pitt was also active in helping build homes for the families that were struck by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Transition from oil to solar

The transmission of oil prices across all the sectors in the U.S. economy is both direct and indirect. Oil reserves won’t last forever, which is why countries today are quickly transitioning to renewable energy. Renewable dependency will not only save the planet but also reduce the prices of basic commodities, from the preparation process to shipping.

Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, proudly enumerated the places in the U.S. where there’s persistence to adopt clean energy.

“It’s become normalized. It’s not just our city. It’s Michigan, it’s Colorado, it’s Texas, it’s Indiana, it’s South Carolina, it’s North Carolina, it’s Ohio, it’s Nevada,” said Garcetti.

We’ve got cities everywhere. It’s small, it’s big, it’s in between. And it’s growing.

Renewable energy sources are becoming more attractive options not only because of their positive impact on the environment but also because the costs of building wind and solar energy plants continue to decline. Green energy is extremely useful in nations such as Africa where oil is scarce, which is why some companies are now spearheading efforts to bring alternative energy to the region. In 2015, Kenya started to build Africa’s biggest wind energy farm to generate a fifth of its power.

Image credit. US Deptment of Energy

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