States and cities going renewable

Governors, state legislators, mayors and other local leaders are leading the way on clean, renewable energy.

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Given the current challenges of passing legislation through Congress in Washington, D.C., we need our governors, state legislators, mayors and other local leaders to lead the way on clean, renewable energy. State action yields big results: Thanks in large part to state policies Environment America and our allies have worked to secure, America produces almost four times as much renewable electricity from the sun and wind as it did in 2011.

We are spearheading the effort to convince states to commit to 100% clean and renewable energy.

In 2022, Rhode Island committed to 100% renewable electricity. In 2021, Environment Virginia and Environment Oregon helped their states join the ranks of those committed to 100% clean or renewable electricity. These victories build on progress secured by Environment CaliforniaEnvironment New MexicoEnvironment Washington and Environment Maine to win the approval of similar “100%” bills in their states dating back to 2018.

Where states have not yet gotten on the bandwagon, our state and local advocates and organizers are winning local progress, too. We have already helped persuade cities including Tempe, Arizona; Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; TampaSt. Petersburg and Tallahassee, Florida, to commit to going 100% renewable.

Our researchers, advocates, members and activists have won significant progress on clean energy over the past few decades, including policies that have resulted in greater energy efficiency, more wind power and more solar power in 25 states.

Most Americans support a commitment to 100% renewable energy. Today 1 in 3  Americans lives in a community already committed to 100% clean or renewable power.  For the environment and our health, states and cities should continue to set their sights on the future we need.

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