The race is on: Which state will be the next to commit to 100 percent clean energy?

On Jan. 24, in the wake of Environment California’s successful campaign to commit the Golden State to 100 percent clean electricity generation by 2045, Environment America and our national network kicked off a campaign to win similar commitments in Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico and Washington.

“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,” said Rob Sargent, clean energy program director for our national network. “This campaign is designed to do just that, state by state.”

Environment America’s 100% Renewable Energy campaign aspires to get 10 states to set ambitious renewable energy targets within five years. California was the second state to make such a commitment, following Hawaii.

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Photo: Wind farms are among the many tools states can use to reach 100 percent renewable energy. Credit: SkyLynx via Shutterstock