New Governors May Bring Gigawatts’ Worth of Renewable Additions Across America | Greentech Medial
Democrats came away from this year’s midterm elections with 14 governorships. The party flipped seven of those seats from Republicans. Of Democrats who ran, six campaigned on pledges to increase renewable energy in their state.
The results of those elections may open a path for more ambitious renewable portfolio standards and gigawatts’ worth of solar and wind deployments, according to analysis from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.
To estimate market potential, analysts assumed a 50 percent by 2030 RPS in states where candidates included clean energy in their campaign platform. In Colorado, WoodMac’s forecast projects an added 1.6 gigawatts of solar and 2.3 gigawatts of wind by 2030. In Illinois, meeting a 50 percent by 2030 RPS would mean adding 10.2 gigawatts of wind and 9.1 gigawatts of solar.