By James Redford and Adam Browning, Opinion, Washington Post
James Redford is a climate activist and filmmaker. He is co-founder and chair of the Redford Center. Adam Browning is executive director of Vote Solar, a nonprofit organization working to expand solar access in states nationwide.
During our recent travels across the United States, we met with the policymakers, business leaders and activists behind the nation’s radical shift to clean energy. After speaking with them, it became evident that there were countless motivations driving this transition: climate change, healthier air, environmental justice, customer choice, national security and energy freedom. But no matter whom we talked to, there was one universal driver that transcended position and political affiliation — and that’s pure economics . . . In Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton’s administration realized that the $18 billion the state was spending every year to import fossil fuels would be better spent investing in infrastructure and jobs right at home. Today, 57,000 Minnesotans work in the state’s growing new energy economy, powered in large part by a pioneering community solar program. Read more here.
100% RENEWABLE ENERGY NEWS
- Sony, McKinsey, & RBS Join RE100 In Commitment To 100% Renewable Energy, CleanTechnica
- Sony lays out plans for 100 percent renewable electricity use, CNBC Special Report
- Lyft commits to 100% renewable energy, full carbon neutrality, Smart Cities Dive
- Kaiser Permanente Signs Big Wind, Solar And Storage Deal With NextEra, North American Windpower. A member of RE100, the company announced in 2016 its plans to become carbon neutral in 2020. Since 2008, it has achieved a 29% reduction in net greenhouse-gas emissions.
- Related: NextEra says it will slash carbon with giant spending plan, E&E News
- University of California System to go 100% renewable by 2025
The University of California system (UC) has announced a plan for all of its schools and medical centers under UC Health to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2025. This announcement now means that UC has the most aggressive renewable energy procurement goal of any university known by pv magazine.
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