Sacramento, CA (5/15/17) - California has moved closer to taking a significant step forward in reducing emissions with a bill before the state Senate Appropriations Committee.
SB 100, authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin DeLeón (D-24th District), directs state regulatory and environmental boards to incorporate the planning goal and regulatory requirement of achieving 100 percent reliance on renewable energy resources or zero-carbon electric generating facilities to supply all electricity procured to serve California customers by the end of 2045.
"The inclusion of nuclear energy as a zero-carbon source of electricity is significant," says Carl Wurtz, Vice President of Californians for Green Nuclear Power (CGNP). "With approval of this bill, California will be joining Illinois, New York, and other states by recognizing nuclear's substantial environmental contribution. Though in recent years progress has stalled on carbon emission reductions, SB 100 will give California the opportunity to regain its place as an environmental leader.
"Nuclear energy already meets the criteria of our state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), but was not listed as 'eligible' under the standard, signed into law in 2000. The next step will be amending California's RPS to reflect our new forward-looking priorities," says Wurtz.
On May 9, SB 100 passed a vote in the state Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee.
Californians for Nuclear Power - Position on SB 100