Council Passes Landmark Legislation to Require 100% Sustainable Energy by 2032
Legislation Includes Committee on Business and Economic Development Provisions to Support Workforce Development and Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs)
Washington, DC – On Tuesday, the Council of the District of Columbia passed the CleanEnergy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 [B22-0904], having been referred to both the Committee on Transportation and the Environment as well as the Committee on Business and Economic Development, Chaired by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie.
This legislation places the District of Columbia as a national leader in the fight against climate change by supporting increased investment in solar energy, higher energy efficiency standards for DC’s office buildings, and expansion of the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund, of which a percentage must be used to benefit low-income residents, including energy bill assistance, energy efficiency, and weatherization.
McDuffie’s committee added provisions to support workforce development and created the Sustainable Energy Infrastructure Capacity Building and Pipeline Program, which would prepare Certified Business Enterprises, including women- and minority-owned businesses, with the tools to compete for and win contracts in renewable energy.
With passage of this legislation, Councilmember McDuffie said:
“I am proud that the District of Columbia is leading the nation on environmental justice and will have 100% renewable energy by 2032. I want to thank Councilmember Cheh and her committee, as well as the community of advocates, for their work on this legislation which sets aggressive benchmarks for energy efficiency, balanced with increased benefits for low-income residents, investments in workforce development, and stringent CBE requirements.”