California has hit a new milestone in clean energy as the state continues to move away from fossil fuels in its decades-long effort to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2021, 37 percent of the state’s electricity was generated by renewable sources such as solar and wind — more than double the 16 percent total in 2012, according to new numbers released Thursday by the California Energy Commission.
More broadly, when nuclear power and hydroelectricity from large dams are included, 59 percent of California’s electricity now comes from carbon-free sources. The state has a goal of 90 percent by 2035 and 100 percent by 2045.
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