U.S. Climate Alliance State Leadership
Highlights from recent Alliance state climate leadership announcements
- Carbon pricing
- Climate justice
- Commission action
- Congressional testimony
- Energy efficiency
- Executive Order
- GHG inventories
- GHG targets
- Green bank
- Grid moderinization
- International cooperation
- Lead by example
- Natural & working lands
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- Oil & natural gas
- Power sector
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
Governor Kate Brown signed a new zero-emissions vehicles target into law yesterday, bringing Oregon one significant step forward towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.
“With the passage of Senate Bill 1044 , Oregon is helping lead the nation on how to transition to a cleaner, modern transportation system,” Gov. Brown said. “When zero-emission vehicles are widely used and charging stations are easily accessible to all, we can support economic development and the environment at the same time.”
If the bill’s goals are met, ZEVs would become the dominant cars on the road. One measure of success is that 90 percent of all new vehicles sold in Oregon and 50 percent of all registered vehicles in Oregon would be ZEVs by 2035. The legislation also requires the Oregon Department of Energy to monitor ZEV adoption and, if the state is not on target, recommend strategies to the Legislature to spur ZEV adoption. Potential strategies could include policies to develop more infrastructure (such as electric vehicle charging and hydrogen fueling stations) and increasing public awareness about ZEVs and their benefits.
SB 1044 requires that all light-duty vehicles owned or leased by the state of Oregon be ZEVs by 2029, and gives schools the option to use an existing funding source to purchase electric buses and charging stations.
Governor Charlie Baker and Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides today joined state and local officials to award a $1 million grant to the Town of Millbury for a climate change adaption project, part of $12 million awarded to communities throughout the Commonwealth through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program. Additionally, Governor Baker spoke about the need for his Resilient MA legislation to provide a dedicated, sustainable funding source to invest in important local climate change resilience projects like Millbury’s.
“Massachusetts has been a national leader in addressing climate change, and these grants represent the Commonwealth’s largest funding commitment ever to improving community resiliency,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We look forward to working with our legislative colleagues to pass our bill to continue important initiatives like the MVP program to mitigate climate change, build more resilient communities, protect residents and natural resources, and help generate economic growth and innovation throughout the Commonwealth.”
“The record participation in the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program underscores the real need for climate-smart solutions that promote strong local economies while reducing risks and avoiding future costs,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to supporting municipalities in getting this work off the ground through the ResilientMA legislation, which would provide a new and sustained funding source for climate resilience projects.”
The Oregon Department of Energy today announced a new resilience resource for small and medium electric utilities. The Oregon Guidebook for Local Energy Resilience identifies incremental actions electric utilities can take today so they are better prepared in the event of a major emergency, and provides additional guidance to improve overall community energy resilience.
Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed Executive Order 19-06 launching a Heating Sector Transformation in Rhode Island. Led by the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (DPUC) and the Office of Energy Resources (OER), this effort will advance Rhode Island's development of clean, affordable, and reliable heating technologies.
"Rhode Islanders are on the front lines of climate change, and it is critical that we continue leading the charge in transforming our energy systems to cleaner alternatives," said Governor Raimondo. "Modern technology provides the opportunity for reforms that make our heating sector more affordable and reliable while reducing our state's carbon footprint. I look forward to engaging with stakeholders through this process and charting a course for a stronger and greener energy future."
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) announces the opening of the FY20 Parking Lot Solar PV Canopy with EV Charger Grant Program (Solar Canopy Grant Program). The Solar Canopy Grant Program combines Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard goal for solar with the State’s ongoing support of electric vehicle infrastructure.
There is a significant amount of parking lot space in Maryland, in urban lots and garages, as well as in the large parking areas associated with shopping centers and businesses of less densely populated suburban areas. The Program will capture some of the unrealized potential of these facilities by installing solar photovoltaics while still allowing parking services to be offered. These projects will result in increased clean electricity generation sited close to local electrical loads, and increased opportunity for plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) to charge.
Governor John Carney has directed the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to propose regulations by March 2020 that will eliminate the use of dangerous hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in Delaware. Representative Debra Heffernan, Senator Nicole Poore, and Senator Stephanie Hansen introduced House Concurrent Resolution 60 supporting the regulations, joining Governor Carney to confront the impact of HFCs on climate change in our state and region:
“Delaware is already feeling the effects of climate change. We are the lowest-lying state in the country, and our sea level is rising at twice the global average. This is a real threat that we need to confront together, and it’s not just about the environmental impact in our state. Any changes in weather patterns jeopardize Delaware’s $8 billion agricultural industry and our $3.4 billion tourism economy. For the sake of our economy and our environment, it’s crucial we continue to address climate change with urgency,” said Governor Carney. “As Delaware continues our fight against climate change, my administration is moving toward eliminating hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as an increasingly harmful element to our state and our environment. HFCs are growing in the atmosphere at a rate of 8 percent a year and can be hundreds of times more potent than carbon dioxide in contributing to climate change. That’s why I have directed the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) to begin developing regulations that address HFC use in Delaware. We’re proud to have the support of members of the General Assembly in this effort, and I want to thank Representative Heffernan, Senator Poore, and Senator Hansen for their partnership on this issue.”
Surrounded by lawmakers of both parties and representatives from the business community and labor movement, Governor JB Pritzker signed Rebuild Illinois into law, the most robust capital plan in Illinois history and the first in nearly a decade. The historic plan was passed with vast bipartisan supermajorities and will make $45 billion worth of investments in roads, bridges, railways, universities, early childhood centers and state facilities like the crime lab and veterans' homes over the next six years, creating and supporting an estimated 540,000 jobs over the life of the plan and revitalizing local economies across the state.
Rebuild Illinois makes critical investments in infrastructure across the following areas, many of which will be subject to a rigorous process for determining projects and providing grants to programs like:
- $4.7 billion for mass transit, including the RTA (CTA, Metra and Pace)
- $867 million for environmental, conservation, resilience, and recreation projects
- $140 million for renewable energy projects, including solar and energy efficiency upgrades at state facilities and transportation electrification in low-income communities
The California Air Resources Board approved a rule that will require fixed route airport shuttles serving the state’s 13 largest airports to transition to 100 percent zero-emission vehicles by 2035. The regulation applies to public and private fleets, including parking facilities, rental car agencies and hotels.
With almost 1,000 airport shuttles in operation, the regulation is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 500,000 metric tons, with a beneficial economic impact for shuttle fleets owners of an estimated $30 million in reduced fuel and maintenance costs.
Joining together to save families money, cut air pollution and help fight climate change, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the Chair of the California Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols, signed a new cooperation agreement to advance cleaner vehicles and fuels.
With nearly a quarter of Canada’s carbon emissions and over 40 percent of California’s coming from the transportation sector, cleaner vehicles and fuels can make a huge contribution to meeting our climate and clean air goals. California, the world’s 5th-largest economy, is recognized as a global leader in clean transportation.
The Memorandum of Understanding commits both governments to work together on developing their respective regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions from light-duty vehicles, such as those currently in effect in Canada, California and the 13 U.S. states that have adopted California’s standards. Canada is currently reviewing its light-duty vehicle standards to help make sure people can drive fuel-efficient cars that cut pollution and reduce fuel costs.
Governor Janet Mills signed into law three major pieces of bipartisan legislation that will help usher in renewable energy in Maine, create clean energy jobs, and fight climate change. The bills establish in law the Governor’s proposed Maine Climate Council, which is charged with developing action plans to reduce Maine greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050; an increase in Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard from 40 percent today to 80 percent by 2030 and a goal of 100 renewable energy by 2050; the creation of new incentives for energy-efficient heating; and the institution of new solar incentive programs.
“With the signing of these bills, Maine is ushering in a new era of clean energy and climate leadership,” said Governor Janet Mills. “The Maine Climate Council will develop comprehensive action plans to meet our ambitious emissions reductions goals and the renewable energy legislation will spur clean energy development and investments that will increase production of homegrown, renewable energy and create good paying jobs for the people of Maine. Maine is once-again leading on clean energy.”
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that more than $12 million in state funding will be allocated to deploy electric transit buses in three Virginia localities, using nearly $9 million from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (VW Trust) that the Commonwealth received as part of its settlement with Volkswagen. In total, 17 electric buses and charging infrastructure will be deployed by local transit systems in Alexandria, Blacksburg, and Hampton Roads.
The $9 million from the VW Trust will be augmented by $3.5 million from the statewide transit capital program, as well as another $6.5 million in federal and local funds. This allocation is part of a commitment announced last fall of $14 million in VW Trust funding for electric transit buses. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will make the remaining $5 million of the $14 million initial allocation available for electric transit buses for next year’s transit grant cycle, which will open on December 1, 2019.
“Electric buses are a key component of Virginia’s strategy to address the climate crisis, reduce air pollution in our communities, and drive innovation across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam. “We are demonstrating how entrepreneurs, government, and industry partners are coming together to implement the best renewable energy technologies available and power the clean economy.”
The New York state legislature passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CCPA) to address and mitigate the effects of climate change by drastically cutting greenhouse gases, diverting the state’s energy reliance to renewable sources, and creating green jobs to promote environmental justice across New York State.
With this bill’s passage, Governor Cuomo stated "With the passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York has enacted the most aggressive climate change legislation in the nation. Ignoring climate change leaves our children to deal with its catastrophic consequences. As Washington turns a blind eye and rolls back decades of environmental protections, New York turns to a future of net zero emissions.
"And we will not stop there. After passing this bill, we continue to develop and implement policies and initiatives to spur unparalleled innovation and investments. As we transition to a net zero emissions future, we will continue to bolster green job initiatives to ensure that all New Yorkers share in the benefits of a clean energy economy. This comprehensive package will lead the way to a cleaner and greener future for generations to come."
The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded $12 million in grants to municipalities across the Commonwealth to plan for and implement climate change resilience projects through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program. Of these funds, $1.7 million was awarded to 65 communities to pursue a community-led planning process to identify vulnerabilities to climate change and priority actions. The remaining $10.3 million was awarded to 34 communities that had completed the planning process and are ready to implement projects that build local resilience to climate change impacts. Seventy-one percent of Massachusetts communities are now enrolled in the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program.
“Massachusetts has been a national leader in addressing climate change, and these grants represent the Commonwealth’s largest funding commitment yet to improving community resilience to climate change impacts,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Mitigating climate change and adapting to reduce risk and build resilience will foster stronger communities, protect residents and natural resources, and contribute to strong economic growth and innovation throughout the Commonwealth.”
Fulfilling his promise to restore New Jersey’s national leadership in the fight against climate change and sea-level rise, Governor Phil Murphy announced that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has formally adopted two rules returning New Jersey to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). New Jersey was a charter member of RGGI before Governor Christie withdrew the state from the compact in 2012.
“Climate change and sea-level rise affect us all, and as a coastal state, New Jersey is especially vulnerable to the impacts of global warming,” said Governor Murphy. “The reckless decision to pull out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in 2012 cost the state millions of dollars in revenue that could have been used to put toward initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the health of our residents. New Jersey has reemerged as a national leader in fighting climate change and reentering the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative will propel us on a path to 100 percent clean energy by 2050.”
The number of electric buses rolling through Washington communities will more than double in the months ahead as the Washington Department of Ecology invests $13.3 million to help local transit agencies buy 50 zero-emission, battery-powered electric buses.
“This is a transformational investment in our clean energy future and continues to push Washington toward zero-emission transportation technology,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “Getting 50 more all-electric buses on the road is a big step forward, and it will pay off in better air quality across our state.”
Transit agencies in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Clark, Benton and Spokane counties will receive up to $300,000 per bus from Washington’s $112.7 million share of the federal Volkswagen settlement. The grants are intended to help cover the additional costs of purchasing an electric bus, compared to a conventional diesel bus. Transit agencies can also use some of the funding to pay for charging stations.
The State of New Jersey released the Draft 2019 Energy Master Plan (EMP), which provides an initial blueprint for the total conversion of New Jersey’s energy profile to 100 percent clean energy by 2050, as directed by Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 28. The plan defines clean energy as carbon-neutral electricity generation and maximum electrification of the transportation and building sectors to meet or exceed the Global Warming Response Act greenhouse emissions reductions of 80 percent relative to 2006 levels by 2050.
“The Draft Energy Master Plan is a comprehensive roadmap toward achieving our goal of a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050,” said Governor Murphy. “The strategies set forth in this draft plan will foster economic growth by creating thousands of jobs in New Jersey’s energy, building, and transportation sectors. Today’s draft plan is a critical step forward in reducing the effects of climate change and securing our state’s clean energy future for the benefit of all New Jerseyans and for generations to come.”
Governor Ned Lamont has signed legislation his administration introduced with the support of legislative advocates that authorizes the development of offshore wind in Connecticut. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) plans to promptly begin the RFP process, followed by an opportunity for public comment and the incorporation of the findings of the Commission of Environmental Standards. The statute calls for the commission to recommend for inclusion in each RFP best practices on minimizing environmental and fisheries impact.
“Connecticut should be the central hub of the offshore wind industry in New England,” Governor Lamont said. “This emerging industry has the potential to create hundreds of good paying jobs for the residents of our state and drive economic growth in towns along our shoreline. And by delivering zero carbon renewable energy, we can increase our region’s fuel security while also making significant progress toward meeting our climate goals. By adopting this new law, we are sending a clear message – Connecticut is serious about becoming a major player in the clean energy economy.”
The Connecticut Green Bank has issued green Asset-Backed Securities consisting of $36.8 million in Solar Home Renewable Energy Credits (SHREC) Collateralized Notes Series 2019-1 Class A and $1.8 million Series 2019-1 Notes, Class B. The financing is certified against the Climate Bonds Standard, providing investors with assurance of the deal’s green credentials. Verification against the Climate Bonds Standard was done by Kestrel Verifiers, a US-based company. Climate Action Reserve, a non-profit specializing in environmental impact assessment, provided an independent review of the beneficial impacts of the activities and programs financed with the securities. The Green Bank worked with RBC Capital Markets as their underwriter and sole book runner in this green bond transaction.
The proceeds from the monetization of the SHRECs are allocated to fund the Residential Solar Investment Program (RSIP), which was created to fulfill state policy adopted in 2015 that mandated the installation of 300 MW of new residential solar by 2022, while developing a local solar industry. The Green Bank is moving swiftly towards accomplishing this goal two years ahead of schedule. Through its ongoing evaluation efforts to measure positive societal impact, the Green Bank will be tracking job growth, tax revenue generation, air pollution reductions, public health improvements, and equitable access to clean energy as a result of increased investment in the deployment of clean energy.
Maine Governor Janet Mills signed HP 407, "An Act To Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise,” which amends the State's growth planning and land use laws to reflect that addressing the effects of sea level rise is a state planning and regulatory goal. The bill amends the laws regarding the State's coastal management policies to direct state, local and certain federal agencies responsible for regulating, planning, developing or managing coastal resources to conduct their activities affecting the coastal area consistent with the policy of encouraging the assessment of and planning for the effects of the rise in sea level.
The Delaware Public Service Commission approved Delmarva Power to offer electric vehicle services. Delmarva Power will expand public charging infrastructure and offer a new rate option for residential customers who charge their EVs at home.
Delmarva Power’s new services are designed to help the company proactively understand customers’ charging needs and behaviors, so it can support the state’s planning and deployment of EV infrastructure and help avoid potentially costly infrastructure gaps in the local energy grid.
Based on a settlement, reached between Delmarva Power, Staff of the Delaware Public Service Commission, and Division of the Public Advocate, Delmarva Power will install, own, and maintain four new charging stations that will provide new public access to EV charging infrastructure.
These new chargers will help Delmarva Power and others identify best practices for locating and interconnecting chargers to the local energy grid and understand how customers use different types of chargers in different areas, including local neighborhoods, underserved communities, and main transportation corridors.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Gary McDowell announced MDARD’s decision to allow land currently enrolled in the department’s Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program to be used for commercial solar array purposes.
The Farmland and Open Space Preservation program provides tax incentives to landowners who keep their land under agreements for agricultural use. Currently, there are 3.4 million acres of farmland enrolled in PA 116. As a result, developers searching for farmland for large solar array projects are having difficulty finding areas that don’t include farmland in the preservation program.
“My administration understands and is committed to helping meet the growing demand for clean, renewable energy sources in our state. By preparing for and investing in renewable energy, we're protecting our environment while diversifying revenue options for Michigan farmers and supporting economic development and job creation in a key Michigan industry." said Whitmer. “We want to ensure that the placement of commercial solar panel arrays is consistent with farming operations and the purposes of PA 116, while also providing opportunities for renewable energy."
As part of the state’s effort to meet New Jersey’s clean energy goals, Governor Phil Murphy announced the New Jersey Partnership to Plug-In, a first-of-its-kind, statewide partnership to build out the necessary infrastructure to support electric vehicle ownership to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The partnership, which will be co-led by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, will create a strategic and streamlined framework to support New Jersey’s electric vehicle ecosystem, with the goal of registering 330,000 Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) by 2025. The New Jersey Partnership to Plug-In will be ratified under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
“The New Jersey Partnership to Plug-In ensures that we are working collaboratively across state agencies and with our private sector partners, to not only meet, but exceed our goal of registering 330,000 electric vehicles in New Jersey by 2025,” said Governor Murphy. “This new initiative is part of our broader effort to make renewable energy solutions work for everyone in New Jersey.”
Each agency will have its own direct set of tasks to deploy several critical aspects of electrification such as, mapping of existing and planned charging infrastructure assets; installing electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout the state; working with lawmakers to establish an electric vehicle rebate program to incentivize adoption of electric vehicles among New Jersey residents; and creating an attractive corporate environment for ZEV-related primary and secondary companies.
Demonstrating its commitment to clean transportation and improving urban air quality, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it is requesting approval from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trustee to disburse $16 million for the deployment of electric heavy-duty garbage trucks, school buses, and port-related vehicles.
This is the DEP’s second round of requests for funding from the state’s $72.2 million share of federal settlements to resolve claims that Volkswagen installed emissions defeat devices in vehicles it manufactures to emit air pollutants without being detected by emissions-testing programs across the nation.
“The projects to be funded by this second round of grants will improve air quality in environmental justice communities that have for too long have had to bear a disproportionate burden of air pollution and its health consequences,” Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said. “These projects also will demonstrate the viability of using electric heavy-duty vehicles to improve air quality in urban areas and throughout the state.”
The Massachusetts DOER released its Offshore Wind Study, which is the result of both extensive stakeholder outreach and quantitative energy sector modeling. Based on the study’s analyses, an additional solicitation of 1,600 MW will likely provide benefits for Massachusetts ratepayers in excess of the anticipated costs of the contracts as long as offshore wind pricing remains similar to the first 83C solicitation or continues to decline.
Based on these findings described in more detail within the study, DOER recommends and will require the Massachusetts Electric Distribution Companies to proceed with an additional 1,600 MW of offshore wind generation solicitations. The study recommends that the additional solicitations take place in 2022 and 2024 in order to strike a balance between capturing cost effectiveness offered by later procurements while providing a steady pipeline of solicitations to spur and maintain economic development opportunities.
In 2018, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law An Act to Advance Clean Energy, Chapter 227 of the Acts of 2018, which required the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) by July 31, 2019 to study the necessity, benefits and costs of requiring the Electric Distributions Companies (EDCs) to conduct additional solicitations and procurements for up to 1,600 megawatts (MW) of additional offshore wind.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the formation of the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, or REDI, commission. This multi-agency task force is charged with developing a plan to harden infrastructure along Lake Ontario's waterfront while strengthening the region's local economies, which are heavily dependent on summer tourism. The State has committed more than $100 million to rebuild communities along the Lake Ontario shoreline that were devastated by flooding in 2017, only to once again experience record high water levels and flooding in those same communities. The approach developed by this new task force and any subsequent investments resulting from its recommendation will take into account the new reality facing these communities.
"Intelligence and common sense dictates that this is the new normal, and we should expect continued high water levels for Lake Ontario. We should not be surprised in two years if we are in the same position, and once you accept that premise, it's a fool's errand to rebuild to the same standard," Governor Cuomo said. "So let's redesign and re-envision a different type of shoreline with different protections and build for these inevitable factors in the future. We are launching the Lake Ontario REDI commission that will tour the affected areas and work with local communities to come up with a new vision for rebuilding the shoreline from both a resiliency and economic development point of view, since many of these communities thrive on the summer tourism industry. We are taking a short and long term approach - not just emergency preparations today, but also rebuilding better and stronger for the future."
Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed the following bills into law:
- Climate Action Plan to Reduce Pollution, which sets statewide goals to reduce 2025 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26%, 2030 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50%, and 2050 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 90% below 2005 levels.
- New Appliance Energy and Water Efficiency Standards, which updates and adopts standards for water efficiency and energy efficiency that apply to a list of consumer and commercial appliances and other products.
- Building Energy Codes, which requires local jurisdictions to adopt one of the 3 most recent versions of the international energy conservation code at a minimum.
- Sunset Public Utilities Commission, which, among other actions, (1) directs the PUC to identify mechanisms for aligning utility operations and investments with various public benefit goals including safety, cost efficiency and emissions reduction; (2) directs the PUC to evaluate the cost of CO2 emissions in certain proceedings; (3) Requires the PUC to establish a base cost of CO2 emissions in an amount not less than $46 a ton starting in 2020; and (4) Directs Xcel Energy to submit a plan for PUC approval that will achieve an 80% reduction in GHG emissions below 2005 levels by 2030 and lays out criteria for approval; create a securitization bonding mechanism to reduce the costs associated with early plant retirement; and creates an opportunity to fund workforce and community transition.
- Collect Long-term Climate Change Data, which requires the air quality control commission in the department of public health and environment to collect greenhouse gas emissions data from greenhouse gas-emitting entities, report on the data, including a forecast of future emissions, and propose a draft rule to address the emissions by July 1, 2020.
Governor Polis unveiled the administration’s roadmap to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040. The roadmap details the bold steps which will take Colorado toward a clean energy future. This includes directions, policies and actions, as well as progress to date.
“This is our plan for creating a pathway to 100 percent renewable energy in our state, creating good green jobs that can never be outsourced, and saving people money on electricity,” said Governor Jared Polis. “The roadmap is not just about a vision, but includes concrete steps that will help us reap the economic benefits of renewable energy, curb pollution of our air, and fight climate change. Colorado has always been a leader in clean-tech innovation and we have no intentions of slowing down.”
Goals from the roadmap include:
- Modernizing the Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
- Growing green jobs and saving consumers money
- Promoting energy efficiency
- More zero emission vehicles and commuting options
- Ensuring a just and equitable transition for all of Colorado
- Supporting the local commitment to 100 percent renewable energy
- Moving toward zero emissions buildings
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló signed the Climate Change Mitigation, Adaption and Resiliency Law of Puerto Rico, which establishes clear goals, metrics and deadlines to address the devastating effects of climate change.
“Climate change is real, and is the biggest threat to our way of life. This is the issue of our generation – the time for discussion is over, now is the time for action”, said Rosselló.
The new law instructs the government and its instrumentalities to adopt measures aimed at transitioning the current energy model to one powered solely by renewable or alternative sources, effectively banning coal and other damaging fossil fuels by 2050.
“Our commitment is to transition to 100% renewable sources by 2050, achieving 40% by 2025, essentially reducing 50% carbon emissions in the next five years”, the governor said.
The new law promotes better use of electricity with the intention of reducing consumption at least one percent a year until 2030. In order to battle deforestation, the government will plant 500,000 native trees within five years. The law also calls for a multisectoral recycling effort to be established with the goal of reducing solid waste on the island.
Governor Larry Hogan outlined a bold strategy to set Maryland on a path to 100% clean electricity by 2040. The innovative Clean and Renewable Energy Standard (CARES) promises to set an example for the nation, continuing the Hogan administration’s strong commitment to leading the charge on clean energy, climate change, and greenhouse gas emission reductions.
The governor made the announcement in a letter to Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, indicating he will allow Senate Bill 516 — Clean Energy Jobs to take effect without his signature, expressing serious concerns that the legislation could send too many jobs out of state and enable poor environmental stewardship.