September 11, 2014
Politically "red" and "blue" states are increasingly turning green as they push energy efficiency and renewable power to save money and protect the planet, says a report today with prominent bi-partisan support.
In the last two years alone, GOP-dominant red states have adopted policies that could serve as models for others seeking to meet proposed federal targets for reducing heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions, according to the "State Clean Energy Cookbook" by Stanford University and the Hoover Institution.
In the last decade, as its costs have fallen, solar and wind energy have grown markedly nationwide. So, too, has the number of energy-efficiency programs. Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, a research group, says 40 states now require or encourage a certain amount of their energy be obtained from efficiency measures, renewable power or both.