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In the United States, the falling cost of renewable energy means the economic case for investing in renewables is stronger than before. Across the country, from South Carolina to Nevada, states are taking new measures to harness wind and solar power. Since January, more than 10 state legislatures have enacted policies that encourage new renewable energy development.
State action promoting a friendly market for renewables — whether through eliminating unnecessary price barriers or setting statewide clean energy goals — can make all the difference for adding more renewable energy on the grid. While a few states such as California, Hawaii and Massachusetts have internationally recognized ambitious policies, many more are taking significant, new steps at closing the policy gap that limits clean energy development. And this is happening in states beyond the established forerunners. Here are just a few states making gains.