Washington is currently making a whole lot of efforts to decarbonizing its energy grid. Going by a new bill that was passed by the Washington House of Representatives last week, the state will no long use coal to generate electricity by year 2025, then, it will begin to use carbon-neutral grid by 2030, thereby making its power sector emissions-free by the end of 2045.
Washington isn’t the first state to set-out on the carbon-free electricity project. California, Hawaii and New Mexico are already on similar project, meanwhile, Nevada and New York will most likely be welcoming same project any-time soon.
Washington’s governor, Jay Inslee hasn’t had a good time at all with his good intentions to transform the state’s power sector. The democratic governor and 2020 presidential candidate have always had to land in court with his power changing bids.
Washington is more interested in slashing emissions from different sectors instead of going after economy-wide policies such as a carbon tax or cap and trade.
This means that by 2030, electricity supplying companies will get like 80 percent of their energy from carbon-free sources and then offset emission for the remaining 20 percent with renewable energy credit. Then, by 2045, will make sure they sale electricity only from carbon-free sources.
As part of the requirement to achieve the gas reduction goal, the state will work for 25 percent reduction of 1990 level by 2035 and 50 percent by the end of 2050, then eliminate coal as it wish by 2015. Doing so will reduce the state’s emission by 14 percent only, so lawmakers needs to hone in areas like transportation to make-up.
That notwithstanding, the step marks a visible progress and also help in providing solution to Trump’s administration impact, which has undermine federal climate change initiatives. That said, the Washington’s governor with his interest in bettering the environment which meets the yearning of the people for a better environment, and is also giving himself a better standing for his 2020 presidential election aspiration.