California is keeping an eye on its energy future.
In a recent plan proposed by Senate President Kevin de Leon, limits to the state’s electrical grid hydrocarbon consumption would gradually go into effect, while renewable energy generation would increase. The plan proposes a goal for California to produce 60 percent of its energy consumption via renewable sources by 2030, and 100 percent by 2045.
Massachusetts is also considering a bill requiring 100 percent commitment to renewable energy by 2050.
Currently, Hawaii is the only state with a documented goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.
The upsides for such decisions include reducing pollution and carbon emissions, as well as becoming less reliant on the electrical grid.
Today, California imports about 33 percent of its energy from outside the state, and also produces energy from natural gas and oil. About 45 percent of the state’s energy system and infrastructure would need to be converted to reach the lofty goal.
States won’t reach these goals without the help of engineers and energy experts like RETTEW. Our environmental and process engineers are well-versed in systems large and small to design and install renewable energy. We’ve already been involved with water treatment processes to help communities facing draught in California, and have engineers at the ready to take on more projects!