California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed Assembly Bill 1172 into law, making California the first state in the United States to recognize fusion energy as a separate and distinct technology from traditional nuclear fission. This landmark legislation, created by State Assemblywoman Lisa Calderón and supported in the Senate by Senator Josh Newman, highlights the safety and environmental advantages of fusion energy, while laying the foundation for future state regulations.
The law highlights the potential for fusion energy to contribute to California’s renewable energy goals, stating that it will help the state progress toward achieving its climate goals. It also recognizes the diversity of scientific approaches to achieve the potential transformation of fusion in California’s power grid, opening the doors to innovation and workforce development in the renewable sector. energy.
The passage of AB1172 is a significant milestone for TAE Technologies, a fusion energy pioneer based in Southern California. As the first private company in the United States to pursue the commercialization of fusion energy, TAE Technologies welcomes the recognition of the potential of clean fusion energy and the need for appropriate regulations. Fusion and fission, the two types of nuclear technology, require fundamentally different regulatory approaches, and this legislation addresses those differences for the first time.
With this legislation, California hopes to integrate its energy system, requiring the California Energy Commission to identify the necessary regulatory and policy actions. AB1172 defines fusion energy in California law, establishing safety standards and distinguishing it from technologies such as traditional nuclear fission. Fusion energy offers many advantages, including the absence of long-lived radioactive waste and the impossibility of nuclear collapse, unlike fission.
The signing of this law demonstrates California’s commitment to clean energy and innovation. Fusion energy has the potential to provide carbon-free energy, create jobs and revolutionize the state’s energy landscape. Governor Newsom and lawmakers recognize the significant potential of fusion energy to meet California’s climate goals and integrate it as a renewable energy source.
TAE Technologies, as a global leader in the development of aneutronic fusion energy, is at the forefront of this clean energy revolution. Its advanced form of fusion, using hydrogen-boron fuel, offers benefits such as no radioactive waste and longer device life, resulting in lower energy prices. Fusion energy is an emission-free source that complements renewable energy by providing consistent energy regardless of weather conditions.
California’s recognition of fusion energy sets a precedent for other regions and countries. Leaders around the world recognize the safety and environmental benefits of fusion and are working to develop regulations that enable its safe and efficient development. TAE Technologies is actively involved in the creation of fusion energy engines that will power the future. With plans to enter the market in the early 2030s, TAE’s commercial hydrogen-boron fusion power plants will contribute to California’s goal of achieving 100% clean energy by 2045.