By Jack Graham, Thomson Reuters Foundation News Release
Whether in building electric cars or making homes more energy efficient, clean energy jobs are rapidly recovering from the COVID-19 downturn and could help support rural and other left-behind U.S. communities, a business analysis has found. While they represent 2% of total private sector employment in the United States, they make up more than 10% in rural Midwestern areas such as Pulaski County in Illinois and Jefferson County in Nebraska, E2 noted. Read more here.
Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)
Environmental Entrepreneurs is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Our members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital.
Clean Jobs America 2021: After Hard Year, Promise of Unparalleled Jobs Growth. FAQs about the report are available here.
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LOCAL SOLAR FOR ALL NEWS RELEASE
Broad coalition asks Congress to expand local rooftop and community solar power for all
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A coalition of advocates representing civil rights, indigenous, environment, equity, rural, and business organizations is calling on Congress to prioritize the equitable and just deployment of renewable energy through policies that support expanding local rooftop and community solar power for all.
MINNESOTA’S COMMUNITY SOLAR
Community solar surge strains Minnesota’s interconnection queue, by Frank Jossi, Energy News Network
Minnesota lawmakers passed the state’s community garden solar law in 2013 and Xcel began formally accepting applications a year later. Projects must have a minimum of five customers and subscribers are limited to no more than 40% of power generation.
Today, Xcel’s community solar queue includes 515 projects that, if completed, will add 483 megawatts of capacity to its grid. The challenge is that many substations where the projects can connect to the grid are near capacity but still attracting multiple proposals, the utility said in its recent report to regulators.
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UC-Berkeley Report Claims Electric Cars Will Save Americans $2.7 Trillion, Create 2 Million Jobs, CleanTechnica
A new report by the University of California at Berkeley makes several bold claims.
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CLEAN ENERGY ANALYSIS
Where progressives and conservatives agree on clean energy, by Sarah Golden, GreenBiz
From an ideological perspective, it’s curious that clean energy became a partisan issue. Looking at it as a technology, there is a ton to like about renewables across the political spectrum. This hasn’t escaped political conservatives outside the beltway.
A number of conservative groups champion clean energy, from the Conservative Energy Network (CEN) and Young Conservatives for Energy Reform (YCER) to the Christian Coalition for America. As the federal government considers a massive infrastructure bill that would spur clean energy growth and decarbonize the economy, it’s worth looking at where the conservative and progressive ideologies align on clean energy, and where they diverge.
NEW GLOBAL FINANCE PLAN
Carney, Kerry launch global finance plan to boost climate action
LONDON (Reuters) – UN climate envoy Mark Carney and U.S. peer John Kerry on Wednesday announced a new plan to boost efforts by the financial system to help move the global economy to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. [The] new group – Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) – will bring existing net zero initiatives together under one umbrella to help ensure all sub-sector efforts are consistent and ambitious.
Kerry’s support for the project follows a series of meetings with different chief executives from the financial sector over the last few months. So far, more than 160 firms with assets of at least $70 trillion have signed up, of which 43 are banks – as part of the Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA) – including Barclays, Morgan Stanley and HSBC and Citi.
GLOBAL SURVEY OF WIND ENERGY EXPERTS ON COSTS
Predictions for Wind Energy Costs Drop Significantly, Renewable Energy Magazine.
Technology and commercial advancements are expected to continue to drive down the cost of wind energy, according to a survey led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) of the world’s foremost wind power experts. Experts anticipate cost reductions of 17%-35% by 2035 and 37%-49% by 2050, driven by bigger and more efficient turbines, lower capital and operating costs, and other advancements. The findings are described in an article in the journal Nature Energy.