Governors have the power and opportunity to lead their states in adopting solutions to the climate crisis. On January 11th, Environment Washington released a new report, Climate Solutions from Day One: 12 Ways Governors Can Lead on Climate Now, detailing actions governors can take immediately to significantly reduce planet-warming carbon pollution and ensure a more stable climate for their states and the nation.
Since 2008, Washington has increased wind production nearly four-fold and solar energy production 228 times, according to a new report by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center. This increase ranks us 14th in wind and 32nd in solar nationally. The report also highlights advances in the use of energy storage and electric vehicles that can help catalyze the clean energy revolution in Washington. Washington ranked 5th for improvements in electricity energy efficiency programs.
If builders start putting solar panels on all new Washington homes in 2020, the state could increase its current solar power capacity by over 45-fold by 2045, according to a new report released by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center. Such a policy could also cut annual carbon dioxide emissions from energy use by 4.9 percent of 2015 levels by 2045.
Mayors from every U.S. state, including Washington, are embracing a vision for more solar energy in their communities, as stated in a letter released today by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center. The group of over 200 “Mayors for Solar Energy” represents cities and towns in states from Florida to Alaska, California to Maine, including nine in Washington State.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the landmark Senate Bill 100 (SB 100) today, setting the Golden State on a path to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable and zero-carbon sources such as solar and wind by 2045.
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