Clean, Green & Renewable Energy

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In a greener, healthier world, we would conserve more, use the energy we have more wisely and efficiently, and rely only on sources of energy that are clean, renewable and tread lightly on the planet.

The question is, what concrete steps can we take to move closer to the world we want to live in? And given the current administration’s myopic preference for older, dirtier energy sources, where can we realistically take those steps right now?

100% Renewable, Go Solar, Go Big On Offshore Wind

Block Island Wind Farm, Deepwater Wind

Through our Clean, Green & Renewable program, Environment America, our network of 29 state affiliates, and our members and activists in all 50 states are running three campaigns:

100% Renewable: The shift toward 100% renewable starts locally. We’re asking more than 50 college campuses, a dozen key cities and half a dozen key states to lead the way.

Go Solar: Smart public policies are key drivers of the incredible growth of solar power. We’re working to promote and defend solar in multiple cities and states.

Go Big on Offshore Wind: The winds that blow off our Atlantic Coast could provide 40 percent of the electricity Americans use today. We’re asking the governors of six states to take the initiative.

The Environment America approach

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Each of these campaigns aims to accelerate our country’s shift to clean energy in unique ways. But they share a common approach. Each campaign strives to:

Put the environment first. A healthy environment isn’t the hoped-for by-product of a fossil fuel-driven prosperity. It’s the necessary precondition and only sustainable source of a sound energy system for America and our communities. Through our research and public education, we’re working to shift more hearts and minds over to this point of view.

Take a strategic approach. We must think big and act boldly, but we recognize that progress comes one step at a time. Our focus is on making a difference in public policy and in our lives and our environment, not just making a statement.

Build on what works. We’ve won policies that have resulted in more solar and wind power, cleaner air, and reduced global warming pollution in 25 states. We know which policies work, how they can be improved, and what it takes to win their approval. As always, we’re also open to new ideas that work even better.

Work together. We work to unite people from all across the political spectrum around clean, renewable energy, whether it’s farmers in Iowa who benefit from wind turbines on their land or the environmentalists in California who want to store and share the solar energy generated on their rooftops. Our advocates in Washington, D.C., lobby members of Congress from both parties. Our advocates in the states build coalitions that include business owners, doctors and nurses, religious leaders and people from all walks of life. Our organizers and canvassers engage literally hundreds of thousands of people. Our members and activists live in all 50 states.

What happens next

In the absence of national leadership, it’s up to us to convince our colleges, communities, states and others to help lead the way to a clean energy revolution — one that will conserve more of the Earth’s resources, improve the health of millions of people, and help stabilize the climate that makes life on our planet possible.

What happens next is up to us.

Issue updates

News Release | Environment California

Key Legislative Committee Passes Landmark 100% Clean Electricity Bill

The California Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy voted today to pass the landmark Senate Bill 100 (De León), which will ensure that California generates 100 percent of its electricity from renewable and zero-carbon sources by 2045.  

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

California is now the first state to require solar power on new homes

Today, the California Energy Commission voted unanimously to approve new building codes requiring that solar panels be installed on all new homes, beginning in 2020. The new codes will apply to most single-family homes as well as apartments and condos of three stories or less. This historic decision makes California the first state in the country to mandate that all new home construction.

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News Release | Environment America

Power Building: L.A. No. 1 for solar as more American cities tap into the sun

Once again, Los Angeles is having its moment in the sun. After ceding first place to San Diego last year, the City of Angels ranks as America’s number one city for its amount of solar energy, according to Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America, a report released today by Environment America Research & Policy Center and its state affiliates.

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Report | Environment America

Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America

Solar power is expanding rapidly. The United States now has over 53 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed – enough to power 10.1 million homes and 26 times as much capacity as was installed at the end of 2010.[1] Hundreds of thousands of Americans have invested in solar energy and millions more are ready to join them.

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News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

As electric cars revolutionize the vehicle market, new study helps cities address infrastructure and parking challenges

With electric vehicles (EVs) hitting U.S. streets in record numbers, a new study by Environment America Research & Policy Center, PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center and Frontier Group highlights best practices to help local officials make their cities as EV-friendly as possible. The new report, “Plugging In: Readying America’s Cities for the Arrival of Electric Vehicles,” includes local and state data about the projected number of electric cars expected on the road in coming years, and how cities can accommodate these new EVs with enough places to park and recharge.

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