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CA - Calif. Governor Releases New Clean Energy Targets, Offshore Wind Goals

Gov. Gavin Newsom is pushing California to move faster to reach its climate goals, setting ambitious new targets for renewable energy, clean buildings, carbon removal and clean fuels in the transportation sector.

In a letter to the chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Governor Newsom called for the state to ensure that the 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan provides a path to achieve both the 2030 climate goal and state carbon neutrality no later than 2045, requesting that the final plan incorporate new efforts to advance offshore wind, clean fuels, climate-friendly homes, carbon removal and addressing methane leaks.

Last month, Governor Newsom signed a state budget that will make it easier to bring clean energy projects online, speeding up the environmental review process of new clean energy projects and helping the state move away from electricity generated from fossil fuels.

The governor also announced that he will work with the legislature to enshrine carbon neutrality into state law, increase the state’s ambition towards its 2030 climate goals and accelerate clean energy targets, while supporting carbon sequestration from natural and working lands and advancing safe and equitable engineered carbon removal. He will also work to finalize the state’s investments under the $53.9 billion climate commitment, with a focus on equity and community resilience, while expanding opportunities for climate innovation and manufacturing here in California.

“California communities experience the devastating impacts of climate change every day,” says Gov. Newsom. “We need to supercharge our efforts to significantly reduce harmful carbon pollution. The state’s draft carbon neutrality road map doesn’t go far enough or fast enough. That’s why I’m pushing state agencies to adopt more aggressive actions, from offshore wind to climate-friendly homes, and to make sure we never build another fossil fuel power plant in California again.”

The new targets and requested actions outlined in the letter include establishing a California Energy Commission planning goal of at least 20 GW of offshore wind in 2045. For clean and healthy buildings, it involves creating a goal of 3 million climate-ready and climate-friendly homes by 2030 and 7 million by 2035, supplemented by 6 million heat pumps by 2030, and directing 50% of investments to low-income and disadvantaged communities.

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