Leading the way in environmentally friendly living, California have announced their plan to be 100% renewable by 2045.
California has long been a force of eco-friendly ideas, making the most of their sunshine with solar panels, and it’s not hard to spot a Prius or two cruising down Venice Beach.
And now they’ve set themselves the target of becoming completely renewable by 2045, that’s just 28 years away.
The move was started with the Governor announcing that the cap-and-trade program in the state, and all-encompassing eco-friendly ruling, was extended by another 10 years.
The cap-and-trade program means there is an upper limit on the amount of carbon dioxide emissions, which means the greenest of companies can make room for companies that are less green, for an exchange that benefits both companies.
This is an incentive for companies to adhere to the eco-friendly rule.
It was Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that implemented the rule back in 2006. Time reported that he said:“We do not have to wait for Washington to take action,” highlighting the fact that California were taking the matter in to their own hands.
The state is on track to be sourcing 50% of it’s energy from green sources by 2026. But a new bill is being debated on, which if passed will make the state 100% renewable by the 2045 time frame.
Hawaii is currently the only other state which can boast 100% renewable energy.
Renewable energy is a big talking point in politics at the moment. Many people still seem to have their heads buried in the sand over the matter.
“If we don’t do something about it, it is the end of the world as we know it,” Governor Jerry Brown said, highlighting the importance of the matter.