Going Neutral

Pathway 2045

Pathway 2045 is SCE’s 2019 data-driven analysis of the steps that California must take to meet the 2045 goals to clean our electricity grid and reach carbon neutrality.

White Paper (PDF)

Appendices (PDF)

Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese translations

Report cover for Pathway 2045

The Clean Power and Electrification Pathway

In 2017, SCE published an analysis of steps that would be needed to meet California’s interim 2030 goals. This study is foundational to Pathway 2045.

White Paper (PDF)

Appendices (PDF)

Report cover of The Clean Power and Electrification Pathway white paper


How We Get There

Pathway 2045 concludes that reaching California’s 2045 greenhouse gas goals requires a near-complete transformation of how the state sources and uses energy across all sectors of the economy.

  • 100% of retail sales from carbon-free electricity
  • 50% of single-family homes have solar panels
  • 3x increase in clean energy generation capacity
Decarbonize electricity

  • 26 million EVs
  • 1 million + electrified medium and heavy duty vehicles
  • 1/3 of the energy on the grid is used to power electric vehicles
Electrify transportation

  • 70% of all buildings will use efficient electric space and water
    heating
  • 90% fewer GHG emissions from all-electric homes
  • 15% increase in total electrical load
Electrify buildings

  • 50% reduction in natural gas consumption
  • 40% of the remaining natural gas is biomethane and hydrogen
  • 20% of heavy-duty trucks are powered by hydrogen
Use low carbon fuels

Carbon sequestration, which is the process of removing carbon from the atmosphere using biological or physical means, is used to zero out remaining carbon produced in California

Sink remaining carbon