2019 in Renewable Energy
Originally published on Legal Planet. Reprinted with permission.
Despite the efforts of the Trump administration, renewable energy has continued to thrive. Key states are imposing rigorous deadlines for reducing power generation from fossil fuels. Economic trends are also supporting renewables. In the first half of 2019, Texas produced more power from renewables than coal.
Texas may be content to rely on market forces, but other states are taking a more active hand in shaping their energy futures. Here are the new renewable energy mandates and targets of 2019:
- In January 2019, the District of Columbia increased its RPS target to 100 percent renewable electricity sales by 2040.
- New Mexico mandated 100 percent zero-carbon electricity by 2045, up from the previous target of 20 percent renewable generation by 2020.
- Maine adopted a 100 percent target for 2050.
- Maryland increased its target to 50 percent of electricity sales from renewable generation by 2030 (up from the previous target of 22.5 percent by 2024).
- New York adopted a 100 percent target for 2040, with an interim target of 70 percent by 2030.
- Nevada increased its RPS to 50 percent of sales from renewable generation by 2030, including a goal of 100 percent of electricity sales from clean energy by 2050.
Ohio was the outlier, cutting its renewable energy requirement from 12 percent to 8 percent, tying
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