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Decarbonizing California: The Golden State’s uphill battle in the climate journey

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: California, a leader in climate policy and renewable energy, confronts significant challenges in achieving its ambitious goal of reducing emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2030
• Despite economic growth and advancements in clean energy, the state's emissions reduction pace must nearly triple to meet the target

🔭 The context: A report by Next10 and Beacon Economics highlights the urgency for California to intensify its decarbonization efforts
• The state's annual emissions reduction rate must increase from an average of 1.5% between 2010 and 2021 to 4.6% between 2022 and 2030

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: California's approach to tackling climate change, including transitioning to a greener grid and electrifying transportation, serves as a blueprint for other regions
• The state's success in increasing electric vehicle (EV) sales and advancing energy storage underscores the potential for substantial climate progress through innovation and policy

⏭️ What's next: To meet its climate goals, California must expand its grid infrastructure and embrace more renewable energy sources
• Strategies include leveraging battery storage technology to incorporate solar and wind energy, addressing rising electricity prices, and potentially extending the cap-and-trade program to support energy bill relief

💬 One quote: "While California is moving in the right direction in many ways, renewable electricity generation must greatly increase in the coming years to reach the state’s goal," - Stafford Nichols, Beacon Economics.

📈 One stat: California's emissions increased by 3.4% in 2021, totaling 381.3 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent, underscoring the imperative for more aggressive reduction strategies.

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