State Leadership Driving the Shift to Clean Energy: 2016 Update

November 14, 2016

A new report from the Georgetown Climate Center shows that a dramatic shift to clean energy is taking place across the U.S.

The report features profiles of 19 diverse states. These states—CA, CO, CT, DE, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, NV, NH, NY, OR, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT, and WA—are strengthening renewable portfolio standards, adding incentives to promote distributed renewable energy, investing in energy efficiency, updating carbon pollution reduction programs, and in some cases, preparing for compliance with the federal standards under the Clean Power Plan. States are taking action for different reasons: some states prioritize diversifying energy resources and cutting energy waste, while others focus on reducing carbon pollution to address climate change—but all are taking actions that help further clean energy and increased energy efficiency.

The report, “State Leadership Driving the Shift to Clean Energy: State Progress and Success Stories,”  updates a previous Georgetown Climate Center report released in December 2013. The profiles in the 2016 report are based on descriptions of state activity provided by state officials.