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California Commits to 100% Clean Energy By 2045

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California Commits to 100% Clean Energy By 2045
Solar panels are mounted atop the roof of the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sept. 5 in Los Angeles. Mario Tama / Getty Images News

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a law to require that 100 percent of the state's electricity come from renewable sources by 2045, making it the second state after Hawaii to set such a mandate.


The measure also requires utilities to get half of their energy from renewables by 2026, four years ahead of the current schedule. Brown also issued an executive order Monday to set a goal for the state to eliminate all carbon emissions in the next 27 years. The moves come as prominent leaders from around the country and the world pour into San Francisco for Brown's Global Climate Action Summit.

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