Cross-posted from Legal Planet.
The Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment published a survey of state energy policies through 2017. The trend toward renewables has continued in 2018. Even after nearly two years of the Trump presidency, states haven't given up. Instead, they're moving forward aggressively. If anything, Trump seems to have stimulated these states to try even harder.
Here's a quick rundown of what's happened so far in 2018:
- California mandated that all new homes have solar energy and adopted bold new goals in a statute mandating 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045.
- Colorado adopted California's car standards, including greenhouse gas standards.
- Connecticut adopted new laws requiring utilities to get 40 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2030, mandating that the state cut greenhouse gases 45 percent below 2001 levels by 2030, requiring that government-funded coastal projects take into account a projected sea level rise of two feet by 2050.
- Florida, a long-term laggard in solar power, changed its rules to allow long-term leasing of rooftop solar installations to consumers.
- Hawaii passed new legislation that rewards utilities for increasing the use of distributed resources like rooftop solar.
- Illinois regulators approved a pathway to 25 percent renewables by 2025.
- In Massachusetts, the Republican governor signed a
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