California will attempt to have all of its electricity come from carbon-free sources by 2045, The Associated Press reports.
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation solidifying the goal Monday. The bill also requires California to rely on wind, solar, and other renewable sources for 60 percent of its energy consumption by 2030.
"It's not going to be easy and will not be immediate, but it must be done," Brown said. "California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change." The bill passed the state legislature late last month by a vote of 44-33, with more than 70 percent of Californians supporting the measure.
California currently generates about 44 percent of its power from renewables and hydropower, Bloomberg reports. The Golden State, which has the world's fifth-largest economy, has seen a push toward climate-conscious policies in the wake of President Trump's rollbacks on environmental regulations, per Bloomberg. Read more about California's climate moon shot here at The Week. Marianne Dodson