Environment America has the organizing and advocacy expertise to make this vision a reality: We’ve helped win commitments to 100% renewable power in California, New Mexico, Washington, Maine, Virginia and Oregon. This progress is proof that goal-setting for renewable energy can kick the “virtuous cycle” into gear.
We know we can win because public support is on our side. A new survey from 19 competitive U.S. House districts across the country revealed that 69% support across party lines for investments in clean energy such as wind and solar power by extending tax credits to spur innovation and manufacturing. With this momentum behind us, we will mobilize the support of multiple constituencies to convince state leadership to pass bills setting strong goals for energy storage.
We have a huge opportunity to set the stage for long-term success on renewables by passing these goals and eventually requirements for storage, but opposition from fossil fuel interests and utilities is as strong as ever. We need to overcome this now in order to set ourselves on track to hit our goal of 100% renewable energy by mid-century.
By passing goals for energy storage, we will spur the virtuous cycle of growth in technology to compliment new and existing wind and solar energy. More storage will mean more renewable energy at a more affordable rate, cleaner air in our communities, and a more resilient, reliable grid in the face of climate-related blackouts. It's a win for the environment and consumers in every way.