Across America, local governments are leading the way with some of the
most progressive transitions in the nation.
More than one in five Americans—that’s over 70 million of us—now live in a place committed to 100 percent carbon-neutral electricity—including 131 towns and cities, seven states and Puerto Rico. The seven states already committed to carbon-neutral electricity—including two of the top nine carbon-emitters, California and New York—representing 14 percent of national emissions in 2016. With new clean-electricity bills being introduced in blue states such as Massachusetts, New Jersey and Illinois, further progress is expected soon. Moreover, the clean-electricity transition is hardly limited to liberal bastions. Continue reading here.
MORE 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY NEWS
- The Top Utility Regulatory Trends in 2019, T&D World
A recent Advanced Energy Economy report provides useful insights into the current state of the evolving grid through the discussion of these trends.
- Can Pennsylvania be the model for 100% renewable energy policy?, by David Masur, Executive Director, PennEnvironment
- Our Turn: Summer in a changing climate: Killer heat, Pocono Record
Contributing Writers: Kailee Atkinson is a junior at Lehigh University studying International Relations and Environmental Studies. Flora Cardoni is the Climate Defender Campaign Director with PennEnvironment.
- Los Angeles County to go carbon neutral by 2050, Utility Dive
- San Jose Clean Energy, EDP Renewables sign large solar-plus-storage PPA, Solar Power World
“100 MW of solar energy will enable San Jose Clean Energy to power nearly 36,000 homes each year with clean electricity — the same impact as removing more than 871,000 cars from our city’s roads,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “Today’s investment will avoid more than 4.1 million tons of greenhouse gases from our air, bringing us another step closer towards meeting the aggressive emission reduction targets defined in our Climate Smart San Jose plan and securing a sustainable future for our community.”
- Power switch: Cleveland starts move to 100% renewable energy by 2050, FreshWater Cleveland
- Durango residents call for 100% renewable energy by 2050: City Council vows to research how to achieve carbon-neutral goal, The Durango Herald
- Environmental Study Group: Solar power shines on Illinois, contributed article by Kay Day, a member of an Environmental Study Group in Freeport, Rockford Register Star
- A clean energy breakthrough could be buried deep beneath rural Utah, Los Angeles Times
- Another Florida City Targets 100% Clean Energy, Solar Industry Magazine
- Gap Pledges to Use 100% Clean Power as Costs Fall, Bloomberg
The apparel retailer joins Apple Inc., Bank of America Corp., Anheuser-Busch InBev and dozens of others that have vowed to rely entirely on clean power — or are already doing it — as wind and solar have become some of the cheapest sources of energy. As part of its effort to hit 100% by 2030, Gap agreed to buy power from a wind farm that Enel SpA plans to build in North Dakota, the clothing company said in a statement Friday.
- Starbucks Stores Reach 100% Renewable Energy in Illinois, Energy Manager Today
VIRTUAL POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENTS
Q&A: How Akamai, VPPAs Are Paving the Way for a Corporate Clean Energy Future, sponsored content by Akamai, Sustainable Brands. Akamai, which has committed to power the internet more sustainably, took part in the US’ first corporate aggregated VPPA — a game-changing approach for smaller renewable energy buyers.
Save the Date!
Nebraskans for Solar’s September Speaker: David Bracht, Attorney With Kutak Rock and Former Nebraska Energy Office Director, September 12, 2019, 7 to 8:30 pm, UNO’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Rooms 201 & 205. Mr. Bracht will provide an overview of Nebraska’s wind and solar development and our state’s potential for future growth.
Specific topics will include:
- power purchase agreements
- virtual power purchase agreements
- commercial and industrial use of solar
- the potential for combined solar and battery installations
- incentives and depreciation