Gavin Newsom Surprises California With Positive News

Matt Lillywhite

Governor Gavin Newsom recently surprised California with positive news. The state is expected to achieve the ambitious goal of 100% clean electricity by 2045...

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced the “Building the Electricity Grid of the Future: California’s Clean Energy Transition Plan." According to Gov. Newsom, the state will achieve the ambitious goal of 100% clean electricity by 2045. He also promises to keep costs affordable and maximize energy supply throughout the transition to clean energy.

“California has shown we have a vision, and that vision is achievable," he said. "This update highlights how we have hit our early targets, some even ahead of schedule, but we are in a race against climate change. We must build more, faster, to ensure California has the clean, reliable, and affordable electricity it needs to power our future."

Gavin Newsom Wants To Invest In The Future Of California

Governor Gavin Newsom recently unveiled a new proposal that's expected to create thousands of jobs. The aim is to build more clean infrastructure so California can reach its world-leading climate goals as quickly as possible.

"The only way to achieve California’s world-leading climate goals is to build, build, build – faster," said the Governor. "This proposal is the most ambitious effort to cut red tape and streamline regulations in half a century. It’s time to make the most out of taxpayer dollars and deliver results while creating hundreds of thousands of good jobs. Not since the Pat Brown era have we had the opportunity to invest in and rebuild this state to create the clean future Californians deserve.”

Here are some examples of projects that will be streamlined under Gov. Newsom's recent proposal:

  • Hundreds of solar, wind, and battery storage projects
  • Transit and regional rail construction
  • Clean transportation, including maintenance and bridge projects
  • Water storage projects funded by Proposition 1
  • Delta Conveyance Project
  • Semiconductor fabrication plants
  • Wildlife crossings along the I-15 corridor

It's also worth mentioning California plans to invest up to $180 billion over the next ten years in clean infrastructure - which will create 400,000+ jobs while helping meet the state’s climate goals.

The Switch To Clean Energy Is Expected To Reduce Blackouts

It's no secret that extreme weather events caused by climate change, such as heat waves, wildfires, drought, and flooding, have historically put unprecedented strain on the electricity grid. However, thanks to Governor Newsom's actions, California's transition to clean energy is expected to put less strain on the electricity grid, making it easier to avoid future blackouts.

"As California transitions to the electric grid of the future, climate change will continue to create more variable electricity demand and test the reliability of the entire system," per a document released by Governor Newsom's office. "California is taking action to bolster electric grid reliability in the near and midterm as it accelerates the deployment of clean electric infrastructure and enhances long-term planning."

Governor Newsom's plan to transition to clean energy is expected to revolutionize California's electricity grid. "Total customer energy costs will shift because more daily activities will be electrified," according to California's Clean Energy Transition Plan. "Instead of paying at the gasoline pump, Californians will pay their electric utility to fuel their vehicles. As more household appliances are electrified, customers can expect to use more electricity and less gas."

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