100% Clean Energy Goals: What will it take to get there?

| January 16, 2019

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MORE THAN 90 U.S. cities1 and 140 large corporations2 have established 100% clean, carbon-free and/or renewable energy goals in recent years. California, with its new mandate that 100% of its energy power must come from non-carbon sources such as solar and wind by 2045, joins Hawaii, which previously established a similar goal. In several other states, newly seated governors campaigned in 2018 on goals of 100% renewable energy, and congressional representatives were sent to Washington positioning for a like-minded national proposal. In order to avoid long-lasting and irreversible changes to the earth’s ecosystems, human health and well-being, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change3 found that net human-caused carbon dioxide emissions need to decrease by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030 globally, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050.

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