In the absence of stronger federal leadership, many states are enacting their own climate goals and policies. They serve as laboratories, demonstrating what's effective and informing national policy.

Renewable and Alternate Energy Portfolio Standards

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia require electric utilities to deliver a certain amount of electricity from renewable or alternative energy sources. Most of these requirements take the form of a “renewable portfolio standard” (RPS) adopted by 26 states …

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Multi-State Initiatives
State Action on Electricity
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
Renewable Portfolio Standards
Understanding California’s Extended Cap-and-Trade Program
Summary of California’s Extension of its Cap-and-Trade Program

On July 26, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bipartisan bill that extends the state’s cap-and-trade program to 2030. Cap and trade is a key part of California’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below …

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Good and bad options for changing California’s cap-and-trade program
Public Benefit Funds

Public benefit funds (PBF), also frequently referred to as system benefits charge, are state-level programs developed through the electric utility restructuring process as a measure to ensure continued support for cost-effective energy efficiency and/ or renewable energy programs. Supported programs …

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Helping small businesses become more resilient