Activists and energy experts are alarmed by the measure, which would levy steep fines on utilities that continue providing (or provide new) "non-eligible" clean energy for the state's electricity.
But they are skeptical it will get enough support to become law.
Executive Order 13514 [PDF, 203KB] aimed to increase sustainability in the federal government and to make GHG emissions reduction a priority for federal agencies.
Signed by President Barack Obama on October 5, 2009, this Executive Order does not rescind the previous requirements of Executive Order 13423.
This limitation does not apply to a federal, state or local government, school or school district, county office of education, the California Community College, the California State University or the University of California.
Following are the only exceptions to your eligibility: Yes, the programs remain open for enrollment until subscriptions reach 272 megawatts (MW) for PG&E's Solar Choice and Regional Renewable Choice programs, or until January 1, 2019, whichever comes first.
The state's 2017 legislative session ended in early March. A new measure submitted to the Wyoming legislature this week would forbid utilities from providing any electricity to the state that comes from large-scale wind or solar energy projects by 2019.
Transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy also means deploying renewable energy and energy storage infrastructure on a previously unprecedented scale, which comes with its own regulatory and market-based hurdles.
In light of the Trump administration’s reversal on United States climate policies, California has often been held as an example of progressive climate action at the state level. Jerry Brown (D) has been one of the nation’s most vocal proponents of climate action in the face of the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks, working to further both the United States’ commitment to the Paris climate agreement and forging a carbon tax agreement with China.
"I haven't seen anything like this before," Shannon Anderson, director of the local organizing group Powder River Basin Resource Council, told Inside Climate News.
"This is essentially a reverse renewable energy standard." Anderson, who has tracked the Wyoming legislature's work for a decade, added: "I think there will be a lot of concerns about its workability and whether this is something the state needs to do...