California state legislation

California is one of the leading states in the US to set goals to limit carbon emissions. In 2018, California established the goal of 100 % clean electricity and overall carbon neutral policy for the state by 2045. Below is a short summary of its legislative and executive actions since 2006, with links to documents.

California's Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32, passed in 2006, set a statewide limit on greenhouse gas emissions and committed to transition to a sustainable, clean energy economy. Greenhouse gases were targeted to reach 1990 levels by 2020.

In 2015, California passed SB 350, the Clean Energy & Pollution Reduction Act, which required the state to increase its renewable energy mix to 50 % and double the energy efficiency of existing buildings by 2030, and targeted greenhouse gases to reach 80 % below 1990 levels by 2050..

In 2016, SB 32 extended and strengthened the limit on greenhouse gas emissions in California, raising its goal for greenhouse gas emissions to 40 % below 1990 levels by 2030 and extending cap-and-trade until 2030.

SB32 also established policies, incentives, and market rules toward a low-carbon, clean energy economy by promotion of renewables and modernizing and automating energy options in the state.

In 2018, a number of additional bills and rules were approved:

SB 100 commits the state to get 60% of its electricity from clean sources by 2030, and 100% by 2045.

SB 700 extends incentives for wind, biogas, and fuel cells.

AB 2145 and AB 2127 expands electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

AB 2061 encourages fleet-wide adoption of commercial electric vehicles.

SB 237 and SB 1131 provides access to energy-efficiency programs for agriculture and industry and allows purchase directly from independent sources rather than utilities.

SB 1339 facilitates connection to microgrids.

AB 1796 encourages installation of electric-vehicle-charging access on rent-controlled properties.

SB 957 gives low-income drivers with low-emission vehicles preferential access to carpool lanes.

The Governor's executive order, B-55-18, sets the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2045, zeroing greenhouse gases across the entire economy.

California's Energy Commission approved a new rule mandating all new homes constructed in the state be equipped with solar panels by Jan. 1, 2020.

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