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Renewable Energy Gaining Momentum in U.S. States

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Renewable Energy Gaining Momentum in U.S. States

New U.S. States are joining the effort and setting their sights on 100% renewable energy.

Those of you who have your eyes on the solar movement in the U.S. are already aware of the bold and sustainable decision made by California and Hawaii to move to 100% zero-carbon electricity.  While they are the only states that set deadlines for this goal, recently other states put forth campaign goals of 100% renewable electricity.  Here is the breakdown for just a few of the states moving in the direction of renewable energy:


Colorado’s Governor-elect, Jared Polis, is aspiring to have all of Colorado run on 100% renewable energy by 2040.  As published on his campaign website, Jared stated: “As Governor, I will work with all involved parties to accomplish our statewide clean energy transition by 2040 while saving Coloradans money on their utility bills, and creating green energy jobs in Colorado that can never be outsourced.”  The state’s current renewable portfolio standard (RPS) is 30% by 2020, and renewable fever is already spreading across Colorado even without a national or statewide target being set yet. Summit County and eight (8) municipalities (Aspen, Breckenridge, Pueblo, Longmont, Lafayette, Nederland, Fort Collins and Denver) have adopted the energy standard, and other areas including Estes Park, Loveland and Frisco are expected to make moves to join.


In Connecticut, the current RPS is 40% by 2030, and Governor-elect Ned Lamont want to improve upon it.  As previously published on his campaign website, Lamont expressed the desire to strengthen the state’s RPS to "at least 35% Class I renewable energy sources by 2025; at least 50% by 2030; at least 80 percent by 2040; and 100 percent by 2050.”  As published in My Record Journal, Lamont stated: "I am also supportive of expanding green energy… Connecticut has all of the tools necessary to become a global hub for clean energy innovation that will make green energy more efficient and affordable, including world-class research institutions, an exceptionally qualified workforce, and environmentally conscious investors." 


In Maine, the state’s current RPS is 40% by 2017, and Governor-elect Janet Mills expressed expanding those goals to running “virtually entirely” on renewable energy.  In a recent press release, Mills stated: “I believe that by 2050 we can transition to a healthy and prosperous economy relying virtually entirely on renewable energy. That’s my goal,” said Mills. “Solar, onshore wind, offshore wind and eventually good battery storage as well as energy efficiency will get us there.”


Oregon’s current RPS is 50% by 2040, but Governor Kate Brown appears to be taking steps to greater goals.  According to the League of Conservation Voters, Brown endorsed a goal of 100% clean energy by 2050 through committing to “Clean Energy for All” goals.

In addition to Oregon, many other states and more than 1,400 candidates (September 2018) committed to the “Clean Energy for All” initiative.  To learn more about the states and candidates who committed to support 100% clean energy by 2050, visit the story published by Medium.

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