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Should Local & State Governments Lead by Example on Clean Power

Last week, California regulators voted to require the state to transition to an all-electric public bus fleet by 2040. California has long been the state who takes the lead when it comes to clean energy policies, markets, and technologies, so it's not surprising to see them take this move. 

What's particularly interesting about this type of move is that it's not the policymakers mandating the energy or transportation requirements from the public, it's the government leading by example (albeit supported by taxpayer money) and ensuring the clean tech solutions get implemented to the public sector first. Not only does it set a good example, but it helps support the companies and organizations who lead in clean tech by giving them support and business, providing a reason to scale up infrastructure, and more. 

This move got me to wondering how state and local governments can, and already do, lead in the clean power space. Government buildings building out solar generation on rooftops or investing in high efficiency upgrades to buildings are prime examples that come to mind, and these type of moves should arguably come before any sort of mandate to the general public. Let the government walk the walk before they talk the talk, so to speak.

So are there other ways you've seen where government bodies have led by example in the Clean Power sector? Or are there missed opportunities where the government entities can and should take the leap, but have failed to do so? 

Let's discuss.

 

 

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