It was a big news week for renewable energy, as a survey showed support for renewable energy in 5 swing states, local clean energy got a major win in New York, and the University of Hawaii moved on its plan to go net-zero.
In new state polling across the swing states Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania, voters overwhelmingly supported 100% clean energy. The poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, showed two-thirds majority support in all states surveyed: 67% in Virginia, 68% percent in Colorado, and roughly 70% in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.
Support efforts to defend the “right to breathe” and transition to clean energy in Pennsylvania: visit Philly Thrive to learn more.
New York regulators have ruled that cities can decide what utility they source their power from, allowing community solar programs to become a part of the state’s default energy supply. This promises to result in lower prices for residents and more clean energy use overall.
To learn more about a just transition to clean energy for New York, visit the New York Energy Democracy Alliance.
As part of Hawaii’s ambitious goal to use 100% renewable energy by 2045, the University of Hawaii (UH) has set a goal to be “net zero” — use only as much renewable energy as it creates on campus — by 2035. The UH-Maui campus is making progress toward becoming the first “net zero” college campus in the U.S. as it plans to bring a major solar-and-battery project online in 2019.
Learn more about Asian and Pacific Islander communities working to make a clean and healthy environment at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network.