THE BIG PICTURE: Renewable Portfolio Standards

As of August 2019, 29 U.S. states and the District of Columbia had renewable portfolio standards (RPSs), and eight others had non-binding renewable portfolio goals. Three states also had clean energy standards, which set targets for low-carbon non-renewables, like nuclear, and two had clean energy goals. Shown in the bars below are the shares of generation by source for each state with targets in 2007 and 2017. For an interactive graphic showing how generation shares have changed, see “How Net Generation Has Changed in U.S. States with Renewable Portfolio Standards,” a  feature associated with this month’s Big Picture infographic. Sources: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, Energy Information Administration, POWER  

As of September 2019, 29 U.S. states and the District of Columbia had renewable portfolio standards. (Click for a larger version).

—Sonal Patel is a POWER senior associate editor.

Correction (Sept. 3): This infographic shows updated renewable targets for New Mexico, Washington, D.C., Maine, and Nevada.