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Southern California Edison Proposes Methods to Meet California Climate Goals

By Editors of Power Engineering

Southern California Edison proposed a suggested framework designed to help the state of California meet its strict emissions reduction goals.

SCE incorporated a dramatic increase of carbon-free electrical generation from 40 percent today to 80 percent by 2030. The utility said large-scale wind, solar and hydroelectric power would be used in conjunction with energy storage and distributed rooftop solar.

“Climate change and air pollution are serious threats that will require the state to transform the way energy is produced and used,” said Pedro Pizarro, president and CEO of Edison International, the parent company of SCE.  “California is a global leader in addressing climate change and we will enable those efforts by leading the transformation of the electric industry to better serve our customers, protect the environment and improve public health.”

Other components of the framework include growing the use of electric vehicles, including passenger cars and heavy-duty vehicles, to more than 7 million by 2030, and increasing electrification of commercial and residential space and water heating.

The framework also supports California’s cap-and-trade system.

SCE noted there are just 12 years left to meet the 2030 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 40 percent from 1990 levels, meaning policymakers, businesses and community leaders need to make decisions and come to an agreement quickly.