The narrative differs depending upon where you live. The Solutions Project has a plan for California, where 95 percent of our electricity would be generated by renewables by 2050. In the most recent California energy estimates renewables generated 17 percent of our electricity (in-state -- we import some energy). Today, more than 60 percent is developed using natural gas.
Fortunately, California state policy is behind our transition to renewables: by 2020, California plans to generate 33 percent of its electricity from wind, water and solar. Recently, Pacific Gas & Electric,
the second largest California public utility, announced that it has
"delivered 22.5 percent of its power from eligible renewable resources
in 2013 and is on track to meet the state's clean energy goals for 2020
California's problem is that it isn't moving
aggressively enough. If our natural gas consumption peaks 10 years from
now, that suggests that by 2030 more than 50 percent of our electricity
should be generated by renewables. (For example, we'd close our one
nuclear facility, at Diablo Canyon, which produces about 9 percent of our electricity.)
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