January 9, 2018

There’s plenty to smile about in renewable energy news, with celebration-worthy headlines from communities across the country. Activists, governments, and everyday citizens are making strides toward realizing our 100% renewable-powered future.

NY Governor Cuomo Reveals Clean Energy Agenda

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued his 2018 Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Agenda, which includes new commitments to energy efficiency, emissions caps, new offshore wind, more energy storage, and community solar. Overall, the plan will create over 30,000 green jobs for New Yorkers in the wind, solar, & batteries industries!

To learn more about a just transition to clean energy for New York, visit the New York Energy Democracy Alliance.

Michigan, Arkansas, & California Communities Make 100% Renewable Energy Pledges

Ann Arbor, Michigan’s city council unanimously passed a resolution “directing the city administrator to provide a multi-year action plan” for powering 100% of the municipal government’s operations with renewable energy by 2035.


Meanwhile, in the South, Fayetteville, Arkansas’ city council made state history as the first city to pledge to move all government operations to clean energy by 2030 and achieve 100% community-wide clean energy by 2050, under its Energy Action Plan.


In the West, Marin County, California’s Climate Action Plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 1990 levels by 2020, and it’s well on the way! Altogether, Marin County communities have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 15% since 2005.


To support statewide policies and a movement for environmental justice in California, check out the California Environmental Justice Alliance.

Oregon’s Appeals Court Rules: Banning Fossil Fuel Facilities Is Legal

In 2015, Portland, Oregon banned all fossil fuel infrastructure projects, citing concerns about health and safety. Fossil fuel companies sued the city in the Land Use Board of Appeals, arguing they were being discriminated against, but Oregon’s Court of Appeals just upheld Portland’s ban.


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