The success of Environment California's campaign to commit to 100% clean energy by 2045 has caused Environment America to launch a multi-year campaign to convince governors and legislators in other states to make similar goals that will transition to clean energy. Environment America is a national network that consist of different environmental groups, this week they announced that they will be pushing for bills promoting 100% clean energy in 9 states. The nine states are as followed; Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico and Washington.
Rob Sargent, Environment America’s clean energy program director said the following. “We face enormous environmental challenges. We need solutions that match the scale of those challenges. This country has the capacity to power itself more than 100 times over with solar energy alone. We need to take that potential and turn it into reality by getting on the path toward a future of renewable energy. This campaign is designed to do just that, state by state.”
The goal of Environment America is to get at least 10 states to set renewable energy targets within the next 5 years. There are currently two states that have laws requiring 100% clean energy by 2045, the two states are California and Hawaii. With growing awareness and the rapid advances in technology as well as declining prices. Many businesses and companies have made renewable energy their go to option. One hundred U.S cities have committed to transitioning their power sources to 100% clean energy, these efforts are being led by democrats and republicans alike. Also over 130 companies including Bank of America and Walmart have pledged to power their entire operations with clean renewable energy.
“Renewable energy technologies are gaining momentum because they’re pollution-free — which means they’re healthier for both us and the earth. It should be a no-brainer for other states to follow Hawaii and California’s lead. But we have to convince states to act as soon as possible.” Sargent said. If you would like to read the original article head over to https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2019/01/environment-america-is-pushing-100-clean-energy-bills-in-nine-states/