On May 1, California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) on introduced an amended version of Senate Bill 100, The California Clean Energy Act of 2017, in the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, which would put the Golden State on the path to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2045.
A diverse global group of executives in which former U.S. Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore plays a prominent role released a report on April 25, Better Energy, Greater Prosperity, calling for countries worldwide to spend close to $750 billion a year over the next two decades to boost green energy deployment and energy efficiency, according to the Daily Caller New Foundation.
Walmart formally launched its Project Gigaton on April 19 – an initiative under which the discount retailer will provide an emissions reduction toolkit to a broad network of suppliers, focusing on areas such as manufacturing, materials, and use of products, with the goal of reducing carbon by 1 gigaton (1 billion tons) by 2030.
Albuquerque City Councilors Pat Davis (D-District 6) and Isaac Benton (Nonpartisan–District 2) announced on April 14 that the city –the largest in New Mexico, with a population of over 500,000 – has begun the process of deploying over $25 million worth of solar projects on the rooftops of municipal buildings.
Chicago-based aerospace company Boeing has formed a small venture-capital division called HorizonX to “turn new ideas and businesses into reality” – among them, a pioneering enterprise to develop a small hybrid-electric aircraft that would be suitable for regional consumer travel, “out to a thousand miles,” and that could be built “by the 2020s.”