We are working to commit Illinois to 100 percent clean and renewable energy, building on our national network’s work in other states. In 2018, Environment California led the campaign to pass a bill committing the Golden State to a goal of reaching 100 percent renewable and zero-carbon electricity by 2045. In 2019, Environment New Mexico, Environment Washington and Environment Maine picked up the baton, helping to win approval of similar bills in their states. We’re now supporting 100 percent clean or renewable commitments in fifteen more states: Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Virginia.
Action at the municipal level can inspire states to make 100% renewable commitments. Our state and local advocates and organizers have already helped persuade Atlanta, Tempe, Arizona, Las Cruces, New Mexico, St. Petersburg and Tallahassee, Florida, and Spokane, Washington, to commit to a full transition to renewable energy.
Our researchers, advocates, members and activists have won significant progress on clean energy over the past few decades, including policies that have resulted in greater energy efficiency, more wind power and more solar power in 25 states.