Update: It's time for states to lead on clean energy

... and states are stepping up to the plate.

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Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

Author: Johanna Neumann

Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

(413) 256-6434

On staff: 2001-2003; 2005-present
B.S., Tufts University

Johanna directs strategy and staff for Environment America's energy campaigns at the local, state and national level. In her prior positions, she led the campaign to ban smoking in all Maryland workplaces, helped stop the construction of a new nuclear reactor on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and helped build the support necessary to pass the EmPOWER Maryland Act, which set a goal of reducing the state’s per capita electricity use by 15 percent. She also currently serves on the board of Community Action Works. Johanna lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family, where she enjoys growing dahlias, biking and the occasional game of goaltimate.

With the West Virginia vs EPA Supreme Court decision and the demise of a package that includes tax credits for clean energy in Congress, state action to spur clean energy is more important than ever.

Thankfully states are stepping up to the plate. This week California Governor Newsom announced a goal of 20GW of offshore wind by 2045. Meanwhile, Massachusetts state lawmakers sent a climate bill to Governor Charlie Baker's desk.

All across the country, driven by state goals and commitments, clean energy projects are moving forward. More than 20% of America's electricity came from renewable sources like the sun and the wind last year and the number continues to grow.

“At a time when climate action from the nation’s capital seems out of reach, the news coming out of the states is a powerful tonic," says Johanna Neumann, Senior Director of Environment America's campaign for 100% renewable energy. 

Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

Author: Johanna Neumann

Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

(413) 256-6434

On staff: 2001-2003; 2005-present
B.S., Tufts University

Johanna directs strategy and staff for Environment America's energy campaigns at the local, state and national level. In her prior positions, she led the campaign to ban smoking in all Maryland workplaces, helped stop the construction of a new nuclear reactor on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and helped build the support necessary to pass the EmPOWER Maryland Act, which set a goal of reducing the state’s per capita electricity use by 15 percent. She also currently serves on the board of Community Action Works. Johanna lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family, where she enjoys growing dahlias, biking and the occasional game of goaltimate.