Two of the country’s jurisdictions where statehood is hotly debated, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., also recently made moves toward 100 percent renewables. In November, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló proposed a target of 100 percent renewables by 2050. The territory’s legislature is considering a similar goal.

In D.C., the city council passed an ambitious target of 100 percent renewables by 2032, although much of that will be met with renewable energy credits.

Over 100 cities joined D.C. in moving toward 100 percent renewables or clean energy this year. And commitments came from across the country, in regions with varied renewable energy and power markets.

Minneapolis pledged to reach 100 percent renewables by 2030 and Cincinnati targeted 100 percent renewables by 2035. Both Denver and Berkeley set targets more ambitious than those proposed or already approved by their states, 100 percent by 2030 and by 2035, respectively.

Corporations joined as well, with Xcel Energy announcing a goal of 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050 (a target that will have to come sooner if Colorado’s Governor-Elect Jared Polis gets his way). Visa adopted a goal of 100 percent renewable by 2019, and Sony expanded its 100 percent renewables goal to North America and China operations.

Overall, it was a record year for corporate and industrial offtakers procuring wind and solar.

Source: greentechmedia