To date, only three states (Hawaii, New Mexico, and California) and the District of Columbia have enacted legislation mandating a transition to 100% clean energy. But there’s been a surge in interest among state lawmakers this year to expand clean energy targets.

UPDATE: Washington has just passed a 100% clean energy mandate, making it the fourth state to join the 100 percenters club.

I spoke with Ben Inskeep, senior analyst at EQ Research, a consultancy firm based in North Carolina that tracks clean energy policy across the U.S. …

Maryland’s General Assembly has passed the the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019 (CEJA) with bipartisan support this month. If signed into law, it’ll make Maryland the latest state in the U.S. to expand renewable energy targets to 100% in 2019.

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The bill would see the state expand solar and offshore wind.

CEJA passed the state House 95–40, and passed the Senate with a 31–15 vote, along mostly bipartisan lines. It now goes to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican who vetoed a similar bill passed in 2016.

If signed into law, the bill will see Maryland generate 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Under the bill, 14.5% will be generated from solar alone, while the process for offshore wind applications will be revised to support more projects. …

A look at how Democrats are tackling what’s shaping up to be one of the biggest campaign issues of 2020.

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Democrats have different ideas on how to tackle climate change. (Pixabay)

Climate change is poised to become a lead issue for the upcoming 2020 presidential election, despite an asymmetrical response between Democrats and Republicans.

I spoke with Corina McKendry, associate professor of political science at Colorado College, about how the field of presidential candidates are tackling the issue. …


Kendra Chamberlain

journalist: telecom, renewable energy, smart grids & smart cities; climate change & environment; space industry & commercialization @ The Enterprise Orbit

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