US Decarbonisation

Two of three largest economies, and 6 states and territories in the USA committed to 100% clean electricity in 2018.

In 2018, Xcel (Minnesota) will supply its 3.6 million customers across the US with carbon-free electricity by 2050 – the first major US utility to do so. Other companies plan to phase out coal by 2028, 2030, and 2040. California has plans to go 100% renewable electricity by 2050.

22 cities around the world have committed to have all net-zero carbon buildings by 2050, and new buildings by 2030. More than 100 cities obtain their electricity from more than 70% renewable energy.

The year ending October 2018 saw solar reach 1.6% of utility-scale generation. Solar rises to 2.3% with small-scale solar. Wind supplied 6.6%. In 2018, California and Hawaii created legislation which commits them to carbon-free electricity. The governors of New Jersey, New York and Puerto Rico made executive commitments, and Washington DC’s city council passed a target of 100% renewables by 2032.

In Colorado, Connecticut, Oregon, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, and New Mexico have called for 100% carbon-free or very high levels of clean energy in coming years.

Total U.S. electric vehicles sales came in at 361,307 for the year 2018 — up 81 percent over 2017.