We know we can have healthier communities right now and a livable future for kids growing up today. But to get there, we must transform the way we produce and consume energy. That’s got to start with a commitment to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.
For most Americans, “bold action” and “unanimous” are not the first words that come to mind when they think about elected officials in our nation’s capital. But this week, the District of Columbia’s Council voted unanimously to establish a target of 50 percent renewable electricity for Washington, D.C. by 2032, more than doubling their current standard of 20% by 2020. D.C. officials deserve a big pat on the back for joining the ranks of local and state governments committed to taking clean energy to the next level.
The bill ratchets up renewable energy percentages each year and includes a solar carve-out. The plan also includes a variety of initiatives designed to expand access to renewable energy, including a “Solar for All” program designed to reach underserved areas and low-income residents with the goal of cutting electricity bills in half. D.C.’s Department of Energy and the Environment has a variety of resources to help businesses and residents switch to renewable energy.
It’s not a done deal yet, as the bill still needs the signature of Mayor Muriel Bowser. But she has indicated her support of renewable energy in the past, and is likely to agree with the unanimous decision from the council. If she does sign it, our nation’s capital will have taken a giant step on the road to 100% renewable energy.