DC Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the most ambitious clean energy law in the nation on Friday. It requires all of DC’s electricity to come from renewable sources like wind and solar by 2032, 13 years earlier than California and Hawaii have committed to transition to 100% green electricity.
The law also establishes new energy standards for existing buildings, increases fees on dirty energy like coal and gas and uses the money to fund clean energy programs, and sets ambitious new requirements for vehicle electrification.
“We are leading in the nation and in the world,” Bowser said just before signing the bill. “We will continue to acknowledge that climate change is real, that we believe science, and that we will do all we can to make the world and our city a better place.”
Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act in July. Substantial changes were made to the legislation in late November when it was approved by the Business and Economic Development Committee, chaired by Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie.
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