How Meaningful Are States’ 100% Clean Energy Commitments?

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News

When California passed its commitment to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045 last September, I didn’t think it would be trendsetting, at least not right away. After all, there was a multiyear gap between when Hawaii became the first state to adopt this kind of law in 2015 and when California did.

Well, I was wrong. Washington state was the latest to enact similar legislation, and it followed on the heels of New Mexico and Puerto Rico. Clearly, the underlying idea has taken on a life of its own, as reported by my colleague Phil McKenna.

With the policy approaching the mainstream, I am now wondering something more basic: Is this commitment meaningful?

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