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In 2018 and the first part of 2019, four states and the District of Columbia increased their renewable portfolio standards (RPS), according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The RPS requires energy suppliers to provide a certain percentage of their energy from renewable resources, and set target dates for meeting these requirements. In most cases, these increases led to a doubling or more of the previously required percentages. Here is an overview of the highlights of these changes:

  • Connecticut increased its RPS target from 27 percent by 2020 to 48 percent by 2030, with 40 percent of renewable energy coming from traditional sources like solar power.
  • New Jersey increased its RPS target from 24.4 percent by 2024 to 50 percent by 2030, including a percentage that comes from solar power.
  • Massachusetts increased its RPS target from 18 percent by 2022 to 35 percent by 2030. The state also requires a one percentage point increase every year thereafter.
  • California increased its RPS target from 50 percent by 2030 to 100 percent by 2045, including a mixture of 60 percent renewable sources and 40 percent carbon-free sources.
  • D.C. increased its RPS target from 50 percent in 2032 to 100 percent by 2040.

If these RPS targets are met, there will be three states (including Hawaii) who source 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources. Thanks to these changes, over the next two decades or so, there will be a significant increase in the amount of renewable electricity generated throughout the United States.

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