DC passes bill to use 100 per cent renewable energy by 2032

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WASHINGTON — The Washington, D.C., City Council has passed a bill promising the District’s electric grid will run entirely on renewable energy by 2032.

WTOP-FM reports the council on Tuesday unanimously passed the Clean Energy D.C. Omnibus Act of 2018. It includes requirements for new and existing buildings, electric car tax incentives and possible carbon fees on gas sales.

Chairman Phil Mendelson says the bill still needs to secure funding. The District’s chief financial officer says the bill will cost $91 million to implement over the next four years.

Councilman Vincent Gray says the bill will increase fees funding the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund, which provides energy assistance to low-income residents and supports sustainability programs. The bill also says the District will work with Maryland and Virginia to reduce regional carbon emissions.

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Information from: WTOP-FM, http://www.wtop.com

The Associated Press

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