Climate Clips: As Pepco outlines plan to meet DC climate goals, consumer advocates say equity must be a focus

The District of Columbia is aiming for 100% renewable energy by 2032, and Pepco’s plan is designed around that goal. The District of Columbia Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC) will be paying particular scrutiny to how the plan approaches equity and reliability issues in the District.

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Woodwell Climate Research Center
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Maryland Matters
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