Washington Joins 100% Renewable Energy Clan, More May Follow
May 09, 2019 / Saur Energy International
On May 7, Washington became the latest state to join the clean energy race, when Gov. Jay Inslee signed a law requiring that 100 percent of the state’s electricity come from clean energy sources by 2045. Washington is now the fifth state or territory—following Hawaii, California, New Mexico and Puerto Rico to commit to 100 percent clean electricity, and at least six other states are considering similar legislation. “This means we can have a fighting chance at saving the things we cherish most — our land, our air, our water and our children’s health,” Inslee said in a statement. “We aren’t done. Our success this year is just a harbinger of successes to come. But we’re ready. We can do this.” Inslee has an even more ambitious plan for a nationwide conversion to clean energy: Last week, he issued a proposal to get the country to 100 percent zero-emissions electricity by 2035, while also requiring all new vehicles and buildings to be zero emissions.