Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) advocates for a just transition to 100% clean, renewable energy for all people. Included in our definition of renewables are wind, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectric. As much as possible renewables should be close to the source (such as rooftop solar) to increase efficiency.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2015 about two-thirds of the electricity generated was from fossil fuels and only 13% was from renewables. We need to ramp up renewables significantly in order to be close to 50% by 2030 and to achieve the emissions reductions needed to comply with the Paris Agreement and keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius.
We believe that policies that advance the transition to 100% renewable energy need to be in place at the local, state, and federal levels, such as support for distributed generation, net metering, tax incentives such as the Investment Tax Credit and Production Tax Credit, power purchase agreements, and other forms of renewable energy policy. These policies also need to support a just transition to renewable energy, in order to ensure that the poor are not left behind in an energy transition and that underserved communities reap the benefits of clean energy.
Setting renewable energy targets is one way that clean energy can advance quickly, as many states have demonstrated. Nearly 30 states have a Renewable Energy Standard (RES) in place: California already generates nearly 30% of its electricity from renewables and has enacted a 50% RES for 2030, while Hawaii has a target of 100% by 2045. IPL supports the adoption of a national RES that takes advantage of lessons learned and brings renewable energy to all states.