Environment America News Release
BOSTON — In January 2020, California became the first state to require all new houses to be built with solar panels. Today, Environment America is launching a first-of-its-kind campaign calling on additional states across the country to set similar standards for solar power on new homes. The coordinated national campaign will advocate for a solar homes requirement in at least ten states: Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas. While each state may have slightly different goals, the campaign’s intention is to introduce bills in 10 states in the next two years. Continue reading here.
ACCELERATING ADOPTION OF COMMUNITY SOLAR
New US Solar Power Scheme Aims At Invisible Middle, by Tina Casey, CleanTechnica
A vast middle ground of opportunity for solar power development is ripe for the picking if only somebody could see where it is. Well, the US Department of Energy sees it, and is determined to pick it. The agency is moving forward with a plan to kickstart activity in the area of mid-sized arrays ranging from 50 kilowatts to 3 megawatts. That may sound like peanuts, but it includes the important community solar sector, so — wait, what is community solar anyways?
The magnificent seven: US states with energy storage mandates, targets and goals, Energy Storage News. The US national Energy Storage Association’s policy director, Jason Burwen, spoke with Andy Colthorpe about the seven early adopter states and whether this is likely to be a spreading pattern across the country.
OPPD IN THE NEWS
- Omaha Public Power District wins grant for its first utility scale storage project, American Public Power Association
- Previously Posted: OPPD begins steps toward energy storage, The Wire
TRADE ASSOCIATIONS’ STATEMENTS ON HOUSE $1.5 TRILLION INFRASTRUCTURE BILL
- House Moves to Include Clean Energy in Landmark Infrastructure Package, Solar Energy Industries Association
- American Wind Energy Association Statement on H.R. 2, AWEA News Release
GREEN BIZ’S “30 UNDER 30” AWARDS
The 2020 GreenBiz 30 Under 30, GreenBiz Editors
We are proud to introduce our fifth annual cohort of twentysomethings who are sustainability leaders within — and without — their companies, nonprofits and communities. The Class of 2020 hails from seven countries, including Switzerland, the Netherlands, Brazil and Taiwan, and they are tackling diverse challenges — from cultivating a more sustainable food system to advocating for climate justice on behalf of disadvantaged communities to testing best practices for circular cities to negotiating impactful renewable energy contracts. The list of their accomplishments is long and growing longer by the day, and they’re just getting started.
Pollinator-Saving Solar Panels: Good for Farmers, Good for Business, by Tina Casey, Triple Pundit. Conventional solar arrays typically force farmers to choose between raising crops and generating electricity in order to survive financially. However, a new body of research called agrivoltaics is demonstrating that farmers can have the best of both worlds. A recent report the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, for example, indicates that properly designed, low-impact solar arrays can be compatible with agricultural use.
MORE ON AMERICA’S RENEWABLES INVESTMENT ATTRACTIVENESS
- The U.S. Is The Most Attractive Country For Investors In Renewable Energy. What Does That Mean For Houston?, Houston Public Media. A recent report from consulting firm Ernst & Young shows the U.S. is at the top of the list for those looking to pump money into renewable energy.
- Previously Posted: USA Is #1 In The World For Renewable Energy Investment Attractiveness, CleanTechnica
ALSO IN THE NEWS
- Missoula city, county ink blueprint with NW Energy for 100% clean energy future, Missoula Current
- TVA gives distributors more flexibility to generate their own power, Chattanooga Times Free Press
- The truth about the future of gas: We don’t need to build anymore, Utility Dive
Contributed article by David Wooley, professor at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy and Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Public Policy.
- More coal has retired under Trump than in Obama’s 2nd term, E&E News
TRANSITION IN COAL COUNTRY: PART ONE
- What’s next for coal country?, by Mason Adams and Dustin Bleizeffer, Energy News Network. “Transition in Coal Country” is a collaboration of the Energy News Network and WyoFile, made possible by a grant from the Just Transition Fund.
- Previously Posted: As the coal industry shrinks, miners deserve a just transition – here’s what it should include, by Ann Eisenberg, Assistant Professor of Law, University of South Carolina, The Conversation
Is this electric plane the future of flying?, GreenBiz article contributed by David Elliott, Senior Writer, World Economic Forum. The world’s largest all-electric plane has completed its maiden voyage, flying for 30 minutes in the skies above Washington state. Its safe landing in Moses Lake, about 186.5 miles southeast of Seattle, is a milestone in a dream that’s been floating about since the late 1800s — air travel powered by electricity.