Governor Brown Signs Path-Breaking Clean Energy Package

EDF statement from Lauren Navarro, Senior Policy Manager, California Clean Energy

September 14, 2018
Lisa Ann Pinkerton, (408) 806-9626,

(SACRAMENTO, CA – Sept. 14, 2018) Governor Brown has signed a series of bills that will further galvanize California’s clean energy transformation, capping a momentous legislative session and final term in office.

“Clean energy and climate protection are winning strategies for a strong economy and healthy planet,” said Lauren Navarro, Senior Policy Manager, California Clean Energy at Environmental Defense Fund. “California’s new commitments raise yet another call for other states and countries to join in. States can’t wait for direction from Washington; they need to take the future of clean energy development into their own hands.”

The package of enactments by Governor Brown and the Legislature include:

  • A nation-leading Executive Order (B-55-18) to make California carbon neutral by 2045, while ensuring utilities provide customers with 100 percent carbon-free energy by the same date (SB 100);
  • Major initiatives to transition away from fossil fuel use in the building sector by expanding an electrification incentive program (SB 1477);
  • Analysis of the emissions-reduction potential from existing buildings (AB 3232); and
  • Updated accounting standards for natural gas emissions in California to account for the fuel’s full footprint (AB 2195).

    “Governor Brown concluded his final legislative session with a clean energy tour de force,” said Navarro. “The governor and legislature have ensured the state will continue to lead in protecting current and future generations from climate change.”

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