Written by Ken Kimmel, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists
The “Green New Deal,” which seemed to spring out of nowhere, has captured the attention of many of us who recognize that the need to prevent runaway climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. Its inspiring title calls to mind an era when our country worked together to pull out of a depression. Its main proponents are young people—who better than the up-and-coming generation to demand that the former one leaves behind a world that is habitable? And, it calls for action on a scale that aligns with the best available science.
Unfortunately, many who oppose acting on climate change are using the Green New Deal as a political football . . . Those of us who want the United States to lead on climate change, whether such action is called a Green New Deal, or another inspiring frame (e.g., 100% clean energy by mid-century) must not let this happen. The key is to define the Green New Deal before the caricatures stick, by showing that, while it is ambitious, it is realistic and affordable. We can succeed if we follow these principles: Continue reading here.
Previously posted YouTube video exemplifying local “micro” Green New Deals sprouting up all across the country: How one small city sowed the seeds for its own Green New Deal
100% RENEWABLE ENERGY NEWS
Puerto Rico passes 100% renewable energy bill as it aims for storm resilience, Utility Dive
The U.S. territory will join Hawaii, California and Washington, D.C., with its 100% RPS target, which includes interim goals of 40% renewables by 2025 and 50% by 2040. Photo Credit: Flickr user Ricardo’s Photography
- Puerto Rico Legislature Green-Lights 100% Renewable Energy Bill, Solar Industry
Solar and Energy Storage Association of Puerto Rico
- New Mexico launches 100% renewable energy campaign, Red, Green and Blue
“The Energy Transition Act fundamentally changes the dynamic in New Mexico,” governor Lujan Grisham said as she signed the landmark bill. “This is a statewide effort, changing the dynamic and the outcomes, protecting future generations of New Mexicans forever,” she added according to a report by the Sante Fe New Mexican. “This legislation is a promise to future generations of New Mexicans, who will benefit from both a cleaner environment and a more robust energy economy.”
- Xcel Energy was a coal-first power company. Now it’s going carbon-free, CNN Business
Xcel Energy burned coal to generate nearly half its power just a few years ago. Now it’s helping to lead America’s clean energy revolution. The $30 billion Minneapolis-based utility has already shut down a quarter of its coal power plants. And it will soon pull the plug on another quarter. Xcel Energy (XEL) recently announced an ambitious plan to deliver zero-carbon electricity by 2050, making it the first large American power company to set that challenging goal.
- Idaho Power announces 100% clean energy goal by 2045, KIVI Boise
An Idaho Power news release said the utility is among the first publicly-owned energy companies to set a goal for reaching 100-percent clean energy. To achieve the goal, the company plans to continue its path away from coal and invest in storage and additional clean generation sources like wind and solar.
- Boise wants 100% renewable energy by 2040, KIVI Boise
- Australia has enough solar, wind storage in pipeline to go 100% renewables, Renew Economy New research from the Norway-based research company Rystad says the pipeline of wind, solar and storage projects in Australia will likely reach 100GW before the upcoming federal election in May.
- Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Update: 114 cities are committed to 100% renewable energy.
- RE100: 167 influential global companies have made a commitment to go ‘100% renewable’. A growing number of them are encouraging their suppliers to make the commitment, as well. Read about the actions they are taking and why.
Battery Power’s Latest Plunge in Costs Threatens Coal, Gas, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
The most striking finding in this [levelized cost of electricity update], for the first-half of 2019, is on the cost improvements in lithium-ion batteries. These are opening up new opportunities for them to balance a renewables-heavy generation mix. Batteries co-located with solar or wind projects are starting to compete, in many markets and without subsidy, with coal- and gas-fired generation for the provision of ‘dispatchable power’ that can be delivered whenever the grid needs it.
NEW DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SOLAR RESEARCH PROJECT
News Release: Department of Energy Announces $130 Million for Early-Stage Solar Research Project
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $130 million for new research to advance early-stage solar technologies. These projects will help to achieve affordable and reliable energy to enhance America’s economic growth and energy security . . . This funding program targets five research areas: photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP), soft costs reduction, innovations in manufacturing, and solar systems integration. These projects will make solar energy more affordable, reliable, and secure, while working to boost domestic solar manufacturing, reduce red tape, and make PV more resilient to cyberattack.
Previously Announced DOE Funding for Solar Energy Integration
For more information on the Solar Energy Technologies Office, visit their website HERE.