California’s thriving clean energy economy
California has made substantial progress in its clean energy, energy efficiency, and clean transportation policies, in part motivated by the greenhouse-gass (GHG) reduction mandate established by California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32).
Despite many signs of success, work still needs to be done to achieve long-term emissions reduction goals.
With the retirement of outdated, fossil-fuel power plants on the horizon, California has a golden opportunity to take a giant leap forward in transitioning California’s energy and transportation sectors to be cleaner and more efficient.
Progress across electricity sectors
EDF’s California team of experts is working with regulatory agencies, state and local government, industry, and other non-governmental organizations to modernize and decarbonize California’s electricity and transportation sectors as rapidly and effectively as possible.
EDF’s California Clean Energy team is building on past success and championing policies to:
- Assign appropriate value to renewable energy
- Modernize and optimize the performance of the electric grid; and
- Implement innovative energy pricing solutions
EDF is partnering with a broad coalition of allies to expand California’s clean energy policies and build the foundation for an 80% reduction in GHG emissions (from 1990 levels) by 2050.
Find more information about the specific policies EDF has worked to develop and promote by viewing the reports and materials on this page or by reading our blog.
California clean energy reports and resources
EDF regularly issues updates on California’s clean energy policies while conducting research and analysis that supports and influences our work on energy policy across the country. For more information on our activities in other states, see our clean energy economy pages.
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The transportation sector is the largest source of pollution in California.
EDF’s Driving California Forward report outlines the public health and economic benefits of California’s AB 32 transportation fuel policies.
Additional resources (optional)
- 50 Percent Petroleum Use Reduction Explained in Four Easy Concepts [PDF]
- Driving California Forward: Executive summary [PDF]
- Green roads map [interactive map]