Washington DC has committed to plans to source 100% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2032, as part of its Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 which last week signed into law a raft of new clean energy policy initiatives.
The headline policy initiatives from the bill include a new mandate that will see 100 per cent of the electricity sold into DC come from renewable energy sources by 2032 – doubling the previous target of 50 per cent by 2032.
The bill, which is being described as the most ambitious renewable energy policy in the country, also mandates zero-emissions public transportation by 2045, significant energy efficiency improvements to existing buildings, and funding the DC Green Bank to attract private investment in clean energy.
Currently, in the United States, there are over 90 cities with 100% clean energy targets, I addition to six cities which have already reached a 100% clean energy goal – Aspen, Burlington, Georgetown, Greensburg, Rock Port, and Kodiak Island.
However, Washington DC sets itself apart from most other cities by making its renewable energy commitment a legal requirement, much like that of states like California, Hawaii, and New York.