By Eilie Anzilotti, Fast Company
The changes that the energy sector needs to undergo are one of the most critical components of the Green New Deal. But embedded in the immense challenge of meeting these goals is an opportunity to create a much more sustainable and equitable energy system. It also should spur more research and funding for new energy innovations beyond now-mainstream wind and solar. Transitioning away from fossil fuels, in the context of the Green New Deal, presents an opportunity to increase access to affordable clean energy for all, and create well-paying jobs in renewable energy industries in the process. Read more here.
MORE ON DECARBONIZING THE ECONOMY
- Bloomberg New Energy Outlook 2019: The future of the energy sector, Power Technology
Renewables as a whole are expected to contribute 62% of the world’s energy demands by 2050, with 31% coming from fossil fuels and oil being phased out around 2030.
- Also Published by Bloomberg: Green Finance Is Now $31 Trillion and Growing
- Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Beyond Carbon Initiative
IN NEBRASKA & THE MIDWEST
- OPPD Laying The Groundwork For A Bright Energy Future, OPPD News Release
Initiatives will include a long-term study to address the long-term balance of load generation, along with decarbonization options for the district’s generation mix. Vice President Mary Fisher spoke to the topic, noting that the energy generation landscape is changing rapidly. Fisher said the drivers are primarily improving renewable technology, and environmental considerations around carbon emissions and climate change, “something our customers clearly care about.”
- A Vision for Midwest Zero-Carbon Power Starts to Take Shape, Natural Resources Defense Council
REGENERATIVE FARMING RESOURCES
- Your Urban Carbon Capture Farm, by Blair Girard, Corvallis Advocate
A possible solution to the environmental problem of the urban lawn is to plant a carbon capture garden instead. To help explain what a carbon-capture garden is, I went to Eric Toensmeier. He is the author of The Carbon Farming Solution, and is recognized as an expert in the field of permaculture and biosequestration.
- Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture, by Gabe Brown, Chelsea Green Publishing
- How regenerative land and livestock management practices can sequester carbon – Plus Nebraska Resources