California ban on gas-powered cars expected to increase rooftop solar demand

California is expected to announce Thursday that it will ban all new gasoline-powered cars by 2035 The New York Times.

The ambitious plan to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from exhaust pipes has been welcomed by clean energy and climate advocates. It will be a critical step as California and other states rush to adopt policies to avert the worst effects of the climate crisis.

Transportation is the largest contributor to climate pollution in the US. So it is critical that the auto industry and policy makers make the investments needed to increase the number of electric vehicles on the road while ensuring that they are financially accessible to working- and middle-class families.

But it will be a complex policy to implement.

One of the most pressing challenges facing the government of Gavin Newsom and future leaders is to ensure there is enough power to charge all new electric cars that fill driveways, garages and parking lots in the nation’s most populous state. will fill. The new demand can only be met through drastic expansions to rooftop solar.

“The ambitious plan to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars is exactly the kind of climate solutions that California and the rest of the country should adopt,” said EWG president and Bay Area resident Ken Cook. “But the state will dramatically increase the investment in residential and commercial solar energy that will be needed to charge the millions of electric vehicles over the next decade. I don’t see how Governor Newsom can accomplish what his administration would like to do on clean transportation without the most robust rooftop and community solar programs the state can support.”

More than 1.3 million households, schools and small businesses are now participating in the state’s popular rooftop solar program. But at the same time, the California Public Utilities Commission will soon release its proposed decision on NEM 3.0, which could lead to lower compensation and additional grid usage costs for residential solar customers.

According to data collected from the United States Department of Energy and analyzed by the electrek, there are already more than 560,000 electric vehicles registered in California. With a population of 40 million, the coordinated planning required to achieve the 2035 target is a huge undertaking and requires an all-in approach.

News item from the Environmental Working Group

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