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Report: Vast majority of Americans want more solar and wind energy

Key Findings from the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) latest report include the following:

  1. A majority (66%) of Americans believe that it is their state’s responsibility to address the issue of global warming in the absence of federal action.
  2. There is very high support for renewable energy (79%) and efficiency (81%) mandates, two established state-level policy options to reduce carbon emissions from the electricity sector.
  3. There is even greater support for increasing the use of solar energy (89%) and wind energy (83%) at the state level outside of the context of a mandate. This increase in support is largely attributable to Republicans who, while slightly more inclined to oppose a renewable energy mandate in their state, show very strong support for increasing wind and solar use.

Click here to read the entire report.

The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, housed at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, conducts and supports applied policy research designed to inform state, local, and urban policy issues. Through integrated research, teaching, and outreach involving academic researchers, students, policymakers and practitioners, the center seeks to foster understanding of today’s state and local policy problems, and to find effective solutions.

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Clean Power Plan offers chance to right past injustices, advocates say

 By Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News
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Advocates say a little-known provision of the Clean Power Plan could become a powerful tool to advance environmental justice. The Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) is aimed at “removing barriers to investment in energy efficiency and solar measures in low‐income communities,” plus sparking “zero-emitting” renewable energy development, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency describes it. Continue reading.

Photo: The now-closed Crawford coal plant looms over Chicago neighborhoods in this 2012 photo. Credit: Chris Bentley / Creative Commons

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Bringing Solar to Everyone, Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit
Op-Ed by Ryan Evans, President of the Utah Solar Energy Association: Solar energy industry deserves encouragement ‘the Utah way’, Salt Lake Tribune
Wisconsin’s St. Croix Electric Cooperative, Dairyland Adding 15 Megawatts of Solar Energy, Electric
Co-op Today
Pacific Power: Oregon 50% RPS will barely raise customer rates through 2028, Utility Dive
Worthington group planning bulk buys to get deal on solar, The Columbus Dispatch
Johnson County moves forward with solar projects, The Gazette
FERC greenlights Apple’s petition to sell electric power, Utility Dive
Michigan Solar Car defends national title in sweeping victory, University of Michigan
Iowa State University Students Create Solar-Powered Car, Drive It Through South Dakota, KDLT News
Grant helps charge EV technology used at OPPD, The Wire – OPPD Blog
Heartland Community College’s wind turbine has met about 41% of the Illinois school’s energy needs, Pantagraph