California sets record, it ran nearly on 100 percent clean energy this month

California, which aims to have a carbon-free power grid within 25 years, got a short glimpse of that possibility earlier this month.

The state’s main grid ran on more than 97% renewable energy at 3:39 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, breaking a previous record of 96.4% that was set just a week earlier.

Power production from the sun and wind typically peak in the spring, due to mild temperatures and the angle of the sun allowing for an extended period of strong solar production.

While hitting the new renewable record is remarkable, the state has found itself scrambling for power supplies during the past two summers as it has added more intermittent sources and retired natural-gas plants for environmental reasons.

California has set a target to have a zero-carbon power system by 2045.


Excerpt from SUN DAY Campaign‘s April 19th, 2022 issue.


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