Governor Newsom Updates the Roadmap to California’s Clean Energy Future
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RICHMOND ~ Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the "Building the Electricity Grid of the Future: California's Clean Energy Transition Plan" in Richmond, showing how California will reach its goal of 100% clean electricity by 2045. The plan identifies the challenges ahead and how California will tackle them to ensure that costs remain affordable and energy supply is maximized during this transition.

Governor Newsom stated, "California has shown we have a vision, and that vision is achievable. This update highlights how we have hit our early targets, some even ahead of schedule, but we are in a race against climate change. We must build more, faster, to ensure California has the clean, reliable and affordable electricity it needs to power our future."

The plan calls for 148,000 megawatts (MW) of new clean power by 2045. Currently 35,000 MW of clean electricity capacity has been built for the grid – enough to power 35 million homes' average usage. Data from the California Energy Commission shows that in 2021 59% of the state's energy came from renewable and zero-carbon resources. To meet these goals both public and private sectors must invest in modernizing rules to ensure projects can be built quickly and efficiently.

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Last week Governor Newsom announced an executive order and legislative package to streamline permitting and other regulations so hundreds of solar, wind, battery storage projects can benefit from this package. This will help make our grid more efficient, reliable and affordable while also helping us endure demand amid hotter drier weather due to climate change.

The plan is ambitious but achievable with continued investment from both public and private sectors as well as modernizing rules to ensure projects can be built quickly and efficiently. With this plan California is leading the clean energy revolution while also creating a modern electrical grid that will help us reach our ultimate climate goals.

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