SB 100 Passes Senate Vote; Will Include Nuclear in California's Climate Goals, but Too Late
Sacramento, CA (07/21/17) - California has moved closer to taking a significant step forward in reducing emissions with a bill headed to the California State Assembly - but it needs some work.
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). "But waiting until 2045 to do it makes no sense at all, and looks like a deliberate attempt by fossil fuel interests to make Californians dependent on their product in the interim.
"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. CGNP will support SB 100 when it is amended to include nuclear for all targets, and doesn't keep Californians yoked to dirty fossil fuels for the next 28 years."
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WHAT'S AT STAKE - On April 12, U.S. Representative Salud Carbajal met with community leaders and scientists who are fighting to save
Diablo Canyon Power Plant - and its carbon-free contribution to California electricity. Carbajal, who became the representative of California's 24th District in January, welcomed the group in a frank and productive
discussion on the downsides of abandoning the plant prematurely - for the environment, for California's economy, and for jobs. (L-R) Physicist/CGNP member Steve Kliewer, Mothers for Nuclear member Lin Walters,
Radiation Physicist/CGNP Government Liaison Dr. Gene Nelson, UAPP Local 403 President Larry Murray, Rep. Carbajal, CGNP Secretary Ellie Ripley, UAPP Business Manager Jeff Thomas, former President, State Building
Trades and Construction Council David Baldwin, Civil Engineer/CGNP member Joseph Ivora.