Opinion: California must go big on energy efficiency to be carbon-free by 2045

“Last week, lawmakers passed SB 100, mandating that power generation come solely from clean sources like wind and solar by 2045. In the interim, the bill increases the state’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirements in 2024, 2027, and 2030, to 60% by 2030. If signed, California would follow the lead of Hawaii and many US cities in moving towards 100% clean energy-based power.

Some utilities and regulators have questioned whether there’s still a role for energy efficiency in a future where renewable energy and storage costs continue to plummet and where clean energy provides 100% of electricity. The answer is a resounding yes — in fact, energy efficiency is crucial to ensuring the transition to a 100% clean energy future is effective, low cost, and equitable…”

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