Western US States

The Western United States is no stranger to climate change. But it’s also on the cutting edge of climate change policy—and we’re the lead scientist.


Hey, Oregon Senators: You Can’t Run Away from Climate Change

, director, California & Western States

In literally running away from an important vote, these Senators are fleeing their constitutionally-mandated work—and betraying their state. Read more >

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100% Clean Electricity in Washington State: Everything You Need To Know

, Energy analyst

Washington state’s lawmakers are contemplating the transition to 100% clean electricity. Fortunately, Washington’s grid is already one of the cleanest in the nation, with much of its electricity coming from hydropower. So what exactly does “100% clean electricity” mean for the state? How would this transition affect Washington’s economy? And why should Washington do this in the first place? Read more >

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Voting on I-1631? Here’s How Much Healthier You Could Make Washington’s Climate

, Senior Climate Scientist

The Pacific Northwest has already warmed by at least 1.5°F since the first half of the 20th century. How will I-1631 help? Read more >

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California Takes Another Run at 100 Percent Clean Electricity

, Senior energy analyst

Last year, SB 100 passed the California State Senate, but stalled in the Assembly. The good news today is: it’s now scheduled for a hearing on July 3rd! Read more >

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A grid operation control room. Photo: CAISO

Solar and Wind Need a Larger Electric Grid—and California Might Just Create One

, Senior energy analyst

Over the past decade, thousands of megawatts of clean renewable energy have been installed in the West thanks to the declining cost of wind and solar power and state policies like the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS). Since solar and wind power are by their nature intermittent, large quantities of weather-dependent generation require new solutions to maintain grid reliability while keeping costs low. Read more >

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