With every new climate report seems to come to a picture of impending disaster.
Amidst repeated dire news, it is exciting to see Washington, D.C. step up and take the lead tackling climate change. The ambitious Clean Energy Omnibus Act of 2018 would set a new standard for the nation if passed this year.
However, Pepco-Exelon pushed last-minute amendments to the bill that warrant healthy skepticism. This maneuver appears to come at the expense of D.C. ratepayers by putting control of energy efficiency funds in the utility’s hands, rather than in the Sustainable Energy Utility.
The good news is D.C. Council still has an opportunity to strip these amendments ahead of the final vote on December 18.
The district cannot solve the challenge of climate change alone, but removal of these amendments and passage of this bill would help to provide a roadmap for climate action for other cities and states around the country.