Local communities across the country have come together to lend their support to a vital piece of legislation aimed at promoting the use of clean and renewable energy sources. The Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) is a regulation that requires energy providers to source a certain percentage of their power from renewable sources, such as solar and wind power, by a certain deadline.

The RPS has been successful in driving the adoption of renewable energy sources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in many states where it has been implemented. But currently, not all states have adopted RPS, and some states have weaker standards than others.

This is where local communities have stepped in. From community-based advocacy groups to local governments, grass-roots organizations have rallied together to push for the implementation or strengthening of RPS in their area.

One example is the Clean Energy for Goshen (CEG) organization in Indiana. CEG was formed in 2014 with the goal of bringing renewable energy to the Goshen community. In 2017, the group worked with their local government to pass a resolution to support 100% renewable energy by 2050. The group has since pushed for the adoption of RPS at the state level.

Similarly, in Pennsylvania, the Clean Energy Transition (CET) group has been working to promote renewable energy at the local level. Their efforts have led to the adoption of RPS in many Pennsylvania municipalities, including Pittsburgh.

These efforts have also been seen in rural communities, where access to clean energy sources is often limited. The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) in Minnesota has been instrumental in pushing for the adoption of RPS in the state and the expansion of renewable energy access for rural communities.

Local communities have recognized the importance of transitioning to clean energy sources, not just for the environment but for the economic benefits as well. The development of renewable energy projects can lead to job creation, increased tax revenue, and reduced energy costs for consumers.

The support for RPS from local communities is significant as it provides a strong voice for renewable energy adoption. These communities are a testament to the fact that positive change can start at the grassroots level and has the potential to spread throughout the country.

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