More States Vow 100% Clean Power
And also note that in New York, they are near to passing 100% clean energy by 2040
Houston Chronicle BUSINESS // ENERGY
More states vow 100 percent clean power, June 25, 2019
Four states updated their renewable energy standards this spring, moves that will require power generators to supply more electricity from renewable sources over the coming years. The Nevada legislature in April increased the state's renewable goal to 50 percent of sales from renewable sources by 2030 and 100 percent of electricity sales from clean energy by 2050.
Another Western state Washington quickly followed suit later that month, increasing its target to 100 percent of sales from carbon-neutral generation by 2045, an increase from the earlier goal of 15 percent by 2020. The policy also mandates a phaseout of coal-fired electricity by 2025. Nevada and Washington became the nation's fourth and fifth states to pass legislation for 100 percent clean power, following the pattern set by Hawaii, California, and New Mexico, according to the Department of Energy.
New Mexico boosted its overall renewable target to 100 percent of electricity sales from carbon-free generation by 2045, up from an earlier target of 20 percent by 2020. The new policy however only applies to investor-owned utilities. Cooperative utilities can have until 2050 to reach the carbon-free goal.
And just last month Maryland raised its overall target to 50 percent of electricity sales from renewable generation by 2030, replacing the earlier target of 22.5 percent by 2024. Maryland will also study the effects and possibility of reaching 100 percent renewable generation by 2040.
The author is L.M. Sixel who writes about the economy and the workplace for the Houston Chronicle. She writes a weekly column called "Working" that appears each Thursday. She started her newspaper career at the Beaumont Enterprise. Before that, she earned a Bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's degree in economic history from the London School of Economics.