January 26, 2017
In a widely-circulated story, Stateline investigates recent actions by Republican governors of Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio and Vermont who have announced initiatives or signed bills that will push their states to increase their use of renewable energy. These are well-respected, “card-carrying conservatives who understand the benefits of the clean energy agenda,” said former Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter of Colorado, who is now director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.
Under a federal administration that opposes renewable energy mandates, states are likely to join regional climate initiatives, said Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center. Groups of states will talk about responding to climate change, supporting the use of electric vehicles, and uniting to buy clean energy, she said.
The states have always led the country toward greater reliance on renewable energy sources, and they will continue to do so even if they don’t have the support of the incoming administration, said Gabe Pacyniak, a program manager at the Georgetown Climate Center, which helps states implement clean energy policies. Economic factors, such as the rapidly declining cost of wind and solar production, will help continue that trajectory, Pacyniak said.
Read the story here.