Notwithstanding the US government’s current climate policies that are not so environment-friendly, this is a bit of news that is heartening for all the climate activists. Last week, the nation’s capital Washington DC’s city council voted unanimously to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2032.
Essentially this means that within 14 years, D.C.’s electric utilities will be required to procure their supply from zero-emissions energy sources like solar and wind power. In turn, all businesses, governmental institutions, museums, municipal operations and residences — yes, even the executive one — in the nation’s capital will be powered by fossil fuel-free sources.
“Even though by ourselves we are a small jurisdiction, we can serve and have served as a model for other jurisdictions,” says Mary Cheh, the D.C. councilwoman who drafted the original bill. “More importantly, we are in a loose association with other local and state jurisdictions so that even though the federal government is in default of international climate accords, we will meet them.”