By Greg Alvarez, American Clean Power Association
While some observers might claim we’re on the cusp of a clean energy transition, the reality is a widespread shift to renewables began years ago. The U.S. already has enough clean energy capacity to power 50 million homes, and over 300,000 Americans already have direct clean energy jobs. Economics are one of the biggest drivers. Because wind and solar costs have fallen by 90 and 70 percent, respectively, over the last decade, they’re now the most affordable sources of new electricity in much of the country. Nor are wind and solar niche technologies—many of the world’s biggest names in energy are rapidly adding renewables to their portfolios. The latest news comes from bp, which just announced a deal to acquire 9 gigawatts (GW) of solar projects currently under development. Continue reading here.
MORE NEWS & RESOURCES
- Importance of Renewable Energy Federal Incentives and Grants, Renewable Energy Magazine
- Solicitation launched for new Wyoming-Nevada transmission capacity, Renewables Now
- First Solar to add 3.3 GW of capacity in a new $680 million US factory, PV Magazine
- US energy consumption in 2020 increased for renewables, fell for all other fuels, Renewables Now
- Electrification could squeeze CO2 out of industrial supply chains, GreenBiz
- Storage investment tax credit: Giving standalone storage a seat at the table, contributed by Wärtsilä, Utility Dive
- We need interconnection reform to unlock the benefits of energy storage, PV Magazine
- Laying the regulatory groundwork for hydrogen in the United States, Utility Dive
- Can Hydrogen Bring Us Together?, IndustryWeek
- ‘Community solar’ programs can help low-income people benefit from solar energy, Yale Climate Connections
- Nebraskans for Solar Resource: Community-Scale / Utility-Scale Solar News Stories & Releases
- Interior Dept. gauging interest in Gulf of Mexico wind power, Mountain Eagle News
- What’s Wrong with U.S. Infrastructure?, California Magazine
FROM THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM
- Statement of President Joe Biden on Senate Passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act
- Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese Meeting with Cabinet Members on 100 Day Supply Chain Reports
- FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force to Address Short-Term Supply Chain Discontinuities
NEW REPORT OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
America has the capacity to build an energy system around clean, renewable resources, according to a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group: We Have the Power: Reaching America’s potential for clean, renewable energy. The report found that U.S. solar energy resources have the technical potential to meet America’s 2020 electricity demand more than 77 times over, and U.S. onshore and offshore wind resources could meet America’s 2020 demand 11 times over. In addition, all 50 states have sufficient solar or wind potential to meet current electricity needs, and 49 have enough to do so under a 2050 scenario in which energy uses like transportation and buildings run on electricity.
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