California commits to 100% zero carbon energy by 2045
The state of California has confirmed its goal to be carbon free by 2045. The Governor of California, Jerry Brown, has signed legislation stating all the state’s electricity must come from carbon-free sources by 2045, it was announced this week.
“There is no understating the importance of this measure,” said Brown. “It’s not going to be easy. It will not be immediate. But it must be done.”
He added: “California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change. California has been doing stuff that the rest of the world is hoping to get to one day.”
By 2030, the state’s utilities must be sourcing 60% of their electricity from renewable energy sources.
California is also hosting the Global Climate Action Summit, which takes place in San Francisco this week, and is set to discuss themes including healthy energy systems, inclusive economic growth, sustainable communities, land and ocean stewardship and transformative climate investments.
The summit aims to work on how to realise the goal of the Paris Agreement, which the US president decided to withdraw from last year. As such, there is a disparity between California’s latest commitments and the US federal government’s views as a whole.
Trump is seeking to reduce environmental regulations and support coal-fired plants, with Bloomberg stating that Brown is battling against the current administration for California to be allowed to set up its own, more stringent rules on pollution.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.