Support D.C.’s Historic 100% Clean Energy Bill!
DC is poised to make history by committing to power the District with 100% renewable energy sources. The Council is now considering the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 which would require 100% clean energy in the electric sector by 2032, including 10% from solar by 2041. The bill also strengthens our SREC market by increasing SREC bankability from three to five years and increasing the alternative compliance payment (the fee Pepco must pay for not reaching the solar carveout targets) to $300 through 2041. It would ensure that new sources of clean energy would come onto the market, and it forces Pepco to procure 80% of its electricity through long-term agreements to buy renewable power.
In addition to bolstering our clean energy market, the bill would implement strong building energy efficiency standards for large buildings and ties vehicle excise taxes (currently based on the list price and age of the vehicle) to fuel efficiency. Fully electric vehicles would be exempt from the excise tax. The bill would also fund DC’s Sustainable Energy Trust Fund and Green Bank to finance important clean energy and efficiency projects and programs, including low-income resident weatherization and replacing fossil-fuel furnaces and water heaters with electric alternatives.
Solar United Neighbors strongly supports the bill. Tell your Councilmember that you do too!
The bill has already unanimously passed its first vote by the D.C. Council. Now it just has to pass one more vote before being sent to the Mayor.
While we support the bill, we want Pepco’s last minute amendments to go through a rigorous public review process like everything else in the bill.
At the last minute, Pepco introduced new amendments granting them the ability to create energy efficiency and demand response programs. While these proposals may seem appropriate, they were introduced at the last minute. These amendments should be exposed to the same amount of public scrutiny as the rest of the bill, or perhaps dealt with through an existing process like the ongoing MEDSIS proceeding.