“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.
May 20, 2019
Connecticut is bucking a national trend of disparity when it comes to solar adoption among communities of color, according to figures released by the Connecticut Green Bank. The rise is due to Green Bank’s successful efforts to make solar energy more accessible and affordable for homeowners in communities of color and low-to-moderate income (LMI) households by intentionally engaging these traditionally underserved communities.
In 2015, the Green Bank and its Board of Directors addressed an observed income disparity in solar adoption by adding special incentives for low and moderate income households to the residential solar program, which quickly accelerated solar adoption in low and moderate income communities. Recent analysis shows that this has also been extremely successful in reaching communities of color in the state. Today, on a per owner-occupied household basis, there are 86% more RSIP installations in majority Black neighborhoods, 18% more in majority Hispanic neighborhoods, and 20% more in No Majority race neighborhoods as compared to majority White neighborhoods.
May 9, 2019
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State is building on its nation-leading actions to ensure cleaner air for New Yorkers and reduce climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions by banning coal-fired power plants.The Governor announced that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted final regulations to require all power plants in New York to meet new emissions limits for carbon dioxide (CO2), a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. The regulations, a first-in-the-nation approach to regulating carbon emissions, will achieve the Governor's goal to end the use of coal in New York State power plants by the end of 2020.
"As our federal government continues to support the dying fossil fuel industry, deny climate change, and roll back environmental protections, New York is leading the nation with bold climate action to protect our planet and our communities," Governor Cuomo said. "With the adoption of these final regulations, we are taking yet another step toward a cleaner, greener, long-term energy solution to safeguard the environment for generations to come."
In addition to equipping buildings with solar power, the General Services Department project calls for lighting upgrades, improved heating and air conditioning systems, and other energy-efficiency work on 29 buildings. A separate initiative by the department includes buying the first electric vehicles for the government motor pool and installing charging stations in Santa Fe. The energy-efficiency upgrades won’t just reduce our carbon footprint; they’ll also cut down our bills. The contractor on the project guarantees that New Mexico will see a savings of $1.1 million a year.
“Evidence continues to mount that the impacts of climate change are harming our state and nation. Even the administration in Washington has joined the chorus of concerned scientists as the EPA last week warned,” said Governor Mills. “Today, we take another step in combating this threat, expanding our clean energy economy, and investing in our future by creating the Maine Climate Council and marshaling experts across the state to take urgent action. I look forward to working with the Legislature to pass this bill and ensure that the Climate Council can begin its work on building a better, brighter future for our state.”
April 29, 2019
The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank announced Monday the five municipalities that will participate in the initial round of its Municipal Resilience Program. Barrington, Portsmouth, South Kingstown, Warren and Westerly will lead shared-priority climate resilience program. The Municipal Resilience Program will provide technical assistance and the ability to apply for implementation funds. As part of the program, The Nature Conservancy will support municipalities in completing a climate vulnerability assessment and in creating a prioritized list of actionable plans and projects through the Community Resilience Building process, a scale-able collaborative process.
After completing the program, municipalities will be eligible to apply for implementation funds from the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank. Municipalities also will be designated as a “Resilient Rhody Municipality” upon successful completion of the program. The RIIB said that it had committed $2 million over two years in grant funding for the first two rounds of the program to implement climate resilience projects based on needs identified in the program. Municipalities will be able to access funding from the infrastructure bank with a local match.
In recognition of Earth Week, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $1.6 million in state and federal grant funds for ecological restoration projects in the towns of Brookfield, Chicopee, Dartmouth, Mattapoisett, Newbury, and Pittsfield to support river and wetland habitat restoration and climate adaptation. These projects are also now designated as Priority Projects through the Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), making the projects eligible for technical services, including data collection, engineering, design work, permitting, project management and grants.
“Our Administration is pleased to support local dam removal and restoration projects that improve wildlife habitat and help communities better withstand flooding and future storms,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These nature-based approaches build community resilience to the effects of extreme weather and are a key part of our approach to preparing for climate change.”
April 24, 2019
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) conducted nearly 100 regulatory inspections across the Permian Basin in southeastern New Mexico. The inspections were conducted to determine compliance with air quality regulations and permits and represented an unprecedented and collaborative effort undertaken alongside the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A collateral benefit of complying with the rules and permits governing VOC emissions is a reduction in methane. Nearly one-third of methane emissions in the U.S. come from oil production and the production, transmission and distribution of natural gas. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas with a 20-year global warming potential more than 84 times that of carbon dioxide, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. NMED is undertaking a regulatory effort to limit methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector pursuant to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s executive order issued in January.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced New Yorkers are buying electric vehicles at a record pace, with sales increasing by 63 percent in 2018. The number of electric vehicles on the road jumped to 36,854 in 2018, up from 24,551 in 2017. A new report also released today provides a new cost-benefit analysis showing increased deployment of electric vehicles in New York State could provide up to $5.1 billion in societal benefits, including monetary savings for both electric vehicle drivers and utility customers. Increasing the use of electric vehicles supports Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal, a nation-leading clean energy and jobs agenda that puts New York on a path to carbon neutrality and achieving the state's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.
April 22, 2019
The Washington State Legislaturepassed Governor Inslee’s 100 Percent Clean Energy bill, who stated “On this Earth Day, I couldn’t be more proud of the Legislature’s action to pass the country’s most forward looking clean energy bill. There are a number of other meaningful climate bills moving forward this legislative session, but more than any other, this bill will fundamentally transform Washington’s energy future and transition us to 100 percent clean energy. I look forward to signing this legislation and I thank Sens. Carlyle, Palumbo and Billig, and Reps. Tarleton and Fitzgibbon for their remarkable leadership.”
“Renewable energy is a major cornerstone of my economic development plan, and this bill will put Nevada back on the path toward renewable energy leadership on a nationwide level and continue to bring well-paying jobs to our communities,” Governor Sisolak said. “Today, Nevada sent a message to the country and world that the Silver State is open for business as a renewable leader, and our commitment to growing our clean energy economy transcends party lines.”
The State of Hawai’i today took a significant step towards launching its first-ever forest carbon sequestration program by selecting a standard to ensure a reliable and transparent process and to guarantee the environmental integrity of the credits resulting from it. Decades of uncontrolled grazing by goats, sheep, and cows have largely eliminated the original native forest. Reforesting the 4,700 acres of the Kahikinui Forest Reserve and the Nakula Natural Area Reserve on the leeward slopes of Haleakalā on Maui will withdraw an estimated 94,000 metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere while providing numerous other benefits to the people of Hawai‘i such as freshwater capture and storage, reef protection by reducing soil run-off, building habitat for endangered species, and decreased wildfire threats by removing fire-adapted invasive plants. Replanting efforts over the past three years have brought back over 250,000 native trees and shrubs.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB)announced it would award $17 million to fund an innovative new statewide program aimed at making it cleaner, easier, healthier and cheaper for Californians to get from point A to point B. The new Clean Mobility Options for Disadvantaged Communities (Clean Mobility Options) program will create new opportunities for zero-emission car-sharing and ride-sharing, bike-sharing, and innovative public transit services like demand-responsive transit and mobility service partnerships in disadvantaged communities statewide. The program aims to help communities start their own smaller scale clean mobility programs by providing financial support and helping to coordinate partnerships and additional outside investment.
April 15, 2019
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources in Santa Fe during an oversight hearing titled, “Oil and Gas Development: Impacts on Air Pollution and Sacred Sites.” In her testimony, Governor Lujan Grisham noted the pressing and consistent need to address the impacts of emissions, in particular over the course of the most recent decade of expansion in New Mexico.
April 9, 2019
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced up to $30 million is available to support projects to improve the resiliency, flexibility, and integration of renewable energy resources onto New York's electric grid. Project proposals will be evaluated based on how they improve overall grid performance, reduce energy costs and support the state's nation-leading clean energy goals to combat climate change. Modernizing the grid supports the Governor's proposed mandate for 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030 and goal to transition the state to a carbon-free power grid by 2040 as part of the Green New Deal.
ConserveVirginia’s living “smart map” is the synthesis of 19 mapped data inputs, divided into six categories, each representing a different overarching conservation value. The categories are: Agriculture & Forestry; Natural Habitat & Ecosystem Diversity; Floodplains & Flooding Resilience; Cultural & Historic Preservation; Scenic Preservation; and Protected Landscapes Resilience. The categories contain more than five million acres of agricultural and forest lands. Outdoor recreation, including access for underserved communities, is a critical component of the strategy and will be a key focus across categories.
"While the federal government continues to deny climate change and ignore the dire need to strengthen the resilience of our communities, New York and the U.S. Climate Alliance are taking action," Governor Cuomo said. "Last year we proudly reconvened the advisory committee to put a spotlight on this global catastrophe, and this report will provide important recommendations to communities across the country as we work to address climate change."
April 3, 2019
The Oregon Department of Energy released a new tool, the Oregon Solar Dashboard, which shows the rapid expansion of solar facilities – both residential and utility-scale – in Oregon between 1999 and 2018. The Oregon Department of Energy developed the Oregon Solar Dashboard in partnership with regional utility, solar industry, and community partners.
April 2, 2019
Washington Governor Jay Inslee testified before the House Subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change at a hearing on“Lessons From Across the Nation: State and Local Action to Combat Climate Change.” In his testimony, Governor Inslee stated “I am here to tell you unequivocally that there are more jobs in fighting climate change than denying it. It’s time for the federal government to stop denying climate change and start embracing the clean energy jobs that come with bold, national climate action. Our country should seize this opportunity and tackle the most pressing and existential threat of our time.”
“Climate Alliance states have reduced emissions faster than the rest of the country, while growing our economies faster than the rest of the country. This shows that fighting climate change and growing strong economies happen hand in hand. And our states are continuing to step up our efforts.”
April 2, 2019
Joined by state lawmakers and renewable energy supporters, Governor Janet Mills today signed into law a bill that will help incentivize the long-awaited growth of the solar industry in Maine. LD 91 An Act to Eliminate Gross Metering, sponsored by Representative Seth Berry and signed by the governor, will reset the state’s metering policy for solar and ensure that consumers who produce electricity from solar panels will be fairly compensated for supplying excess energy back to the electric grid.
"We have been listening to concerned citizens, business-owners, farmers, cities and towns, and environmental advocates about the need to encourage solar development on preferred sites such as closed landfills, former gravel pits and parking areas," said State Energy Commissioner Carol Grant. "We are pleased to announce the availability of funds for these special projects so that Rhode Island may continue adding new sources of renewable energy while preserving our forests and natural habitats."
Coastal communities in North Carolina are still recovering from the impacts of extreme weather and flooding over the past two years. These communities face difficult decisions about how to deal with the damages from hurricanes, as well as long-term stressors like population growth and sea level rise. The N.C Division of Coastal Management created a new Coastal Adaptation and Resiliency website to help North Carolina’s coastal communities manage these challenges. These web resources were built to help local governments and communities in the 20 North Carolina counties designated as coastal counties under the Coastal Area Management Act. In support of Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 80 (a directive that calls for the development of a State Climate Risk and Resilience Plan by 2020), hazard forecasts, mapping tools, geospatial data, adaptation examples, funding opportunities and guidelines for policy planning are several of the tools available now.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law a bill to increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 80% by 2040 & 100% carbon-free energy by 2045 for investor-owned utilities. The Energy Transition Act ensures greater renewable energy production while providing tens of millions of dollars of economic and workforce support for communities impacted by coal plant closures, as well as the development of renewable replacement power in San Juan County.
March 21, 2019
The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded more than $1.5 million in grant funding to two large-scale conservation projects on over 1,300 acres through the Landscape Partnership Grant Program. The investments are part of the Commonwealth’s efforts to protect lands that help address climate change, provide recreational opportunities and conserve critical habitat. Created in 2011 and funded through the governor’s annual capital budget, the Landscape Partnership Grant Program facilitates large acreage projects that sustain the integrity and resilience of ecosystems, enhance the viability of farm and forest economies, increase public outdoor recreational opportunities, and expand partnerships among state, municipal, and non-profit entities.
March 14, 2019
Governor Northam today vetoed Virginia House Bill 2611, which would prohibit Virginia from entering into a regional program to reduce carbon dioxide air pollution from power plants. He also vetoed House Bill 2269, which would prohibit the Commonwealth from entering into a regional program to reduce carbon dioxide air pollution from vehicles and other transportation sources.
March 12, 2019
Illinois EPA launched a new webpagethat provides information on Illinois’ progress in achieving U.S. Climate Alliance goals. They will be updating the page with useful links and information in regard to Illinois’ commitment to reduce GHG emissions.
March 6, 2019
New York state launched the Buildings of Excellence Competition for low carbon design and development. The Buildings of Excellence competition is a $30 million competition with $10 million being offered in each of three rounds. This competition will recognize and reward the design, construction, and operation of very low or zero carbon emitting multifamily buildings. These buildings are good for the environment, highly profitable, and will give businesses a competitive edge in the marketplace.
March 4, 2019
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced their One Minnesota Path to Clean Energy – a set of policy proposals that will lead Minnesota to 100 percent clean energy in the state’s electricity sector by 2050. The policies build on the success that Minnesota has already achieved in reducing dependence on fossil fuels and increasing the use of clean energy resources to power the state while ensuring reliable, affordable electricity.
Feb. 14, 2019
The Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and Great Plains Institute released Accelerating Electric Vehicle Adoption: A Vision for Minnesota-- the first coordinated attempt to outline a statewide vision for increasing EV use 20% EVs by 2030. The Vision describes strategies for achieving the goal of powering 20 percent of the light-duty cars in the state with electricity by 2030.
Feb. 14, 2019
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released the state Greenhouse Gas Inventory requested by Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 80. The inventory contains a detailed accounting of greenhouse gases from human activity in key source categories from 1990 to 2017, including both emissions and reductions. The inventory also projects North Carolina’s greenhouse gas emissions from 2018 to 2030 based on forecasted changes in fuel use, land use, population, historical trends, and other factors.
Feb. 7, 2019
On Feb. 7th, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the introduction of The Energy Transition Act which sets a statewide renewable energy standard of 50% by 2030 for New Mexico investor-owned utilities and rural electric cooperatives and a goal of 80% by 2040 that investor-owned utilities must meet, subject to cost and reliability considerations. In addition, the bill sets zero-carbon resources standards for investor-owned utilities by 2045 and rural electric cooperatives by 2050. The bill also establishes a pathway for an energy transition in the Four Corners area while providing relief to workers in San Juan County affected by the closure of coal units.
Feb. 6, 2019
Governors Baker (MA) and Cooper (NC) testified before the House Natural Resources Committee in Washington, D.C. to discuss what Massachusetts and North Carolina are doing to address climate change at the first congressional hearing on climate change in over eight years. Live video of the hearing can be found here.
As part of the State of the State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the most aggressive clean energy targets in the nation under New York's Green New Deal – a nation-leading clean energy and jobs agenda.
Expand the use of natural and working lands for climate mitigation and adaptation by integrating climate goals into State-funded natural and working land conservation, restoration, and management programs;
Significantly increase and improve conservation, restoration, and management of California’s natural and working lands through State programs and other means, to enhance their resilience to worsening climate change impacts, sequester carbon, and reduce GHGs;
Identify next steps for taking a more comprehensive approach to addressing the policy challenges facing our natural and working lands, including their contributions to achieving carbon-neutrality and meeting our long-term climate objectives.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy released the final set of recommendations from the Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3), which will establish a sustainable path for achieving Connecticut’s long-term vision for decarbonizing our economy in order to address the problem of human-induced climate change. The policy recommendations are focused on three broad objectives: zero-carbon electricity generation; clean transportation; and clean, efficient, and resilient buildings.
Dec. 17, 2018
Fulfilling his pledge to restore New Jersey to a national leadership role in the fight against climate change and sea-level rise, Governor Phil Murphy today announced that the Department of Environmental Protection has formally proposed two rules that will steer New Jersey’s re-entry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Dec. 17, 2018
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled his "2019 Justice Agenda," urging the legislature to act in the first 100 days of the next legislative session, including to Launch the Green New Deal so that New York will be the most progressive state in the nation in moving to renewables and growing the new sustainable green economy. The Green New Deal will make New York's electricity 100% carbon neutral by 2040 and put the state on the path to eliminating its carbon footprint.
Dec. 14, 2018
The California Air Resources Board approved a first-of-its-kind regulation in the United States that sets a statewide goal for public transit agencies to gradually transition to 100 percent zero-emission bus fleets by 2040.
Dec. 14, 2018
Massachusetts’ Commission on the Future of Transportation in the Commonwealth released its two-part report on transportation needs and challenges facing the Commonwealth between 2020 and 2040. The Commission was established by Executive Order No. 579, signed by Governor Charlie Baker in January 2018, to provide recommendations to the Baker-Polito Administration on how to best account for potential changes in transportation in the future.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee,along with Democratic legislators and climate action supporters, unveiled a plan that would launch a dramatic reduction of Washington state’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years.
Dec. 8, 2018
Gov. John Hickenlooper today joined the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and the Coalition for Green Capital to launch the Colorado Clean Energy Fund. This fund is part of the implementation of the Colorado Climate Plan, which was updated in 2018. The nonprofit Colorado Clean Energy Fund will bring the “green bank” model to Colorado, drawing on the success of institutions in other states such as NY Green Bank and Connecticut Green Bank. Green banks use mission-driven financing to leverage private investment in clean energy projects like community solar and energy efficiency.
Dec. 3, 2018
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced funding for six pilot projects in the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys designed to demonstrate the collection of biomethane from dairy digesters and its injection into natural gas pipelines. The production of biomethane from organic waste products, including animal manure, eliminates significant emissions of methane to the atmosphere.
Nov. 28, 2018
Hawaii’s Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission recognized that ground transportation contributes significantly to Hawai‘i’s share of greenhouse gas emissions. The Commission supports mechanisms to reduce overall vehicle miles traveled as well as converting all remaining vehicle-based ground transportation to renewable, zero-emission fuels and technologies. The Commission believes that putting a price on carbon is the most effective single action that will achieve Hawaii’s ambitious and necessary emissions reduction goals.
Nov. 20, 2018
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced the Puerto Rico Pledge for Climate Change, a historic initiative that aims to combat climate change and create a more environmentally sustainable island. Among the measures being undertaken by the Puerto Rico government, Governor Rosselló emphasized the urgent need to transform the antiquated power grid into a modern, resilient energy network, with a long-term goal of depending only on renewable sources by year 2050.
Nov. 16, 2018
Colorado’s Colorado Air Quality Control Commission approved new low emission vehicle (LEV) standards for new light-duty and medium-duty motor vehicles sold in Colorado beginning in the 2022 model year. The new standards are estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 2 million tons annually by 2030.
Governor Roy Cooper today issued Executive Order No. 80 highlighting North Carolina’s commitment to fight climate change and lead North Carolina’s transition to a clean energy economy. The order affirms North Carolina’s commitment to reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 2005 levels by 2025. Additionally, the order calls for an increase in registered, zero-emission vehicles (“ZEVs”) in North Carolina to at least 80,000 and a 40% reduction in energy consumption in state-owned buildings. The order creates the North Carolina Climate Change Interagency Council, which includes a representative from every state cabinet agency, to make changes happen.
Governor Ralph Northam announced a series of actions to help Virginia better address the impacts of carbon pollution from fossil fuels, including the development of a framework to limit methane leakage from natural gas infrastructure and landfills. To this end, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will establish a workgroup of environmental, academic and business stakeholders within the next 120 days to support DEQ in its collection and evaluation of data to inform the regulation development process.
Sept. 10, 2018
Reaffirming California’s global climate leadership, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed Senate Bill 100, authored by Senate President pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de León, setting a 100 percent clean electricity goal for the state, and issued an executive order establishing a new target to achieve carbon neutrality – both by 2045.
Sept. 5, 2018
The Hawai‘i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission (Climate Commission) at its regular quarterly meeting yesterday adopted a series of recommendations and finalized a mission statement to help guide Hawai‘i’s response to the impacts of climate change.
Aug. 21, 2018
Governor Charlie Baker signed bipartisan legislation to authorize over $2.4 billion in capital allocations for investments in safeguarding residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, protecting environmental resources, and improving recreational opportunities. This Act enables critical environmental investments at the state and local levels and will put into law essential components of Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569 establishing an integrated strategy for climate change adaptation across the Commonwealth, including the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program and the Statewide Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Plan.
May 16, 2019
Expanding routes for those who drive clean-fuel vehicles in Pennsylvania, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced grants for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and the designation of 500 more miles of highway as “Alternative Fuel Corridors,” with compressed natural gas (CNG) or EV charging stations readily accessible.
“Pennsylvanians are increasingly interested in protecting the environment and saving money by driving clean-fuel vehicles such as electric or compressed natural gas powered cars, buses, and trucks,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “DEP is committed to supporting these consumer choices and helping the state reach its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals through sustainable transportation initiatives.”
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.