More states are mandating renewable energy sources
PROVIDENCE, RI — More states are looking to offset energy costs by using renewable sources.
Kai Salem of Green Energy Consumers Alliance has worked hard to push states to offset traditional fossil fuels with renewable sources.
“There’s a lot of focus on federal politics in general, but energy is controlled at the regional or state level,” she said.
Last month, Rhode Island lawmakers set the fastest timeline for any US state to achieve 100% renewable electricity — a goal that must be achieved by 2033. No community is willing to build a new coal or nuclear power plant. They are therefore essentially out of options when it comes to providing residents with new energy sources.
“Now is the time. We have to decide what we are going to leave to our children and our children’s children for the climate and the community,” said Deb Ruggiero, a state representative who helped pass the legislation. .
The push follows a Supreme Court ruling that ruled the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the power to curb emissions from power plants that contribute to global warming. It’s a major setback for climate advocates, but people like Salem believe these kinds of goals will help keep the fight against climate change going.
“It’s a federal setback,” Salem said. “There is no quick fix, and this is a reminder that we need to start by talking to our neighbors and the people around us about the transition to renewable energy.”