California Continues to Move Toward a New Economy Powered by Clean Energy

September 13, 2018

This week, California Governor Jerry Brown moved California a big step closer toward a future powered entirely by renewable energy.

Brown signed SB100, legislation that requires California to obtain 100 percent of its power from clean energy sources by 2045, which was a priority for Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) in the California legislature. The new law also increases the goal for utilities and energy providers in the state to have 60 percent of their power come from renewable sources by 2045, up from the previous goal of 50 percent.

The governor also signed an executive order that calls for the state to have zero emissions by 2045 and negative emissions by 2046.

“California is the world’s fifth largest economy and is home to the nation’s largest recreation economy at $92 billion in consumer spending,” said Amy Roberts, OIA executive director. “With the signing of SB100 and the executive order, in addition to recently creating the office of sustainable recreation, the state is leading by example in proving that protecting the environment, addressing the threat of climate change and growing the economy go hand in hand.”

The outdoor industry is among the first to experience the impacts of climate change and its effects on our air, water and land. Addressing climate change is critical to the future of the outdoor industry and outdoor businesses, and it’s why OIA will continue to work with local governments across the country and in D.C. to find ways to address climate change and its impacts, in addition to growing the economy.