February 5, 2018

For the first time, renewable energy surpassed coal use in Europe. In the US, T-Mobile announced that clean energy will be used to power all of its domestic operations by 2021. And the states of New Jersey and Virginia have introduced 100% bills that, if passed, would set a new precedent nationwide. That’s news worth celebrating!

Electricity Generated From Renewables Surpassed Coal Power in Europe Last Year

According to analysis from the climate policy campaign group Sandbag, “for the first time, the amount of annual electricity produced from renewable sources surpassed the amount produced from coal in Europe.” They found that in just five years, coal-generated power went from being double that of renewable energy to less than solar, wind, and biomass energy.

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T-Mobile US pledges to use only renewable energy by 2021

The big magenta provider has gone green: T-Mobile US has announced that it plans to use 100% renewable energy by 2021, joining RE100, a coalition [STILL ACCURATE TO SAY COALITION?] of over 100 businesses working to reduce their carbon footprints. T-Mobile made the announcement after it agreed to a power purchase agreement of over 300 megawatts of power from wind farms in Kansas and Oklahoma.

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Bills Introduced in New Jersey and Virginia Would Move States Toward 100% Renewable Energy

Two pieces of renewable energy legislation are on dockets in New Jersey and Virginia, setting 100% goals for 2035. Virginia’s bill, introduced by Delegate Sam Rasoul, also puts a moratorium on fuel pipeline projects in the state, while New Jersey’s bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Tim Eustace, has met with criticism over its feasibility. So far, only Hawaii has passed a state-level commitment to transition to 100% renewable energy.

To support strategic coordination among organizations in the southeastern US to secure fair, just, and science-based climate and energy policies, check out Southeast Climate & Energy Network (SCEN).

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