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It's time to talk 100% renewable energy, California Senate leader says

 (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Two years ago, California Senate leader Kevin de León pushed through a law requiring the state to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

On Thursday, he said there was a mistake in the legislation, SB 350 — it didn't go far enough.

"We probably should have shot for the stars," De León (D-Los Angeles) told The Times.

California is moving faster than expected toward a clean energy future, he said, and officials should start thinking about policies requiring all electricity to come from renewable sources such as solar and wind.

"We should explore the idea," he said, although he hasn't decided whether to introduce legislation setting a new target.

Right now Hawaii is the only state with a 100% renewable energy goal, and it's aiming to reach the target by 2045.

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