One year ago this week, the California legislature passed landmark legislation committing the state’s power providers to supplying 60 percent of their electricity from renewable energy by 2030 and setting a target of 100 percent clean, or carbon-free, power by mid century. It was a bold action that significantly raised the bar for other states considering policy action. And over the last 12 months, another six states — bringing the total to eight states) — plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have answered the call with various obligations toward 100 percent clean energy over the next few decades. What’s driving this surge in state-level clean energy leadership? And which states will be the next to step up? A banner year for state clean energy policy State-level policies supporting renewables and other carbon-free resources are on a roll in 2019. In January, the District of Columbia committed to a renewables-only future when the mayor signed a measure passed unanimously by the city council to increase its renewable electricity standard (RES) to 100 percent by 2032, a target only previously matched in ambition by Hawaii, which adopted a similar measure with a target year of 2045 in 2015. Later […]

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