Full Title: US Green Economy Report Series: Washington
Author(s): UK Government, Climate Advisers, University of Maryland’s Center for Global Sustainability
Publisher(s): UK Government, Climate Advisers, University of Maryland’s Center for Global Sustainability
Publication Date: April 29, 2021
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee is considered one of the most ambitious climate leaders in the country; under his leadership, Washington will likely continue to build on its major climate initiatives. Washington State, also a part of the US Climate Alliance, is the founding member of the Pacific Coast Collaborative, which coordinates western North American states and cities to enhance coordination between stakeholders to reduce emissions and build a low-carbon economy. The state’s renewable energy standard, established in May 2019, mandates that the electricity sector be 100 percent carbon neutral by 2030 and zero emissions by 2045. Washington is one of the top three states in renewable electricity generation as a result of its dominance in hydropower, which accounts for more than 60 percent of the state’s total electricity generation. In 2019, Washington’s hydroelectricity generation made up almost a quarter of the country’s total.