Contributed by Brian Gemmell, Energy News Network
As the nation strives to bring about an economic recovery following the recession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, a targeted investment in our electricity transmission system presents an opportunity to advance our nation’s fight against climate change, and concurrently create hundreds of thousands of green jobs.
In an announcement in April, President Joe Biden established an ambitious goal to reduce emissions from the country’s electricity supply by 2035. To achieve that goal, there must be investments to update and optimize the power grid. Continue reading here.
Brian Gemmell is chief clean energy development officer at National Grid. He is a member of the WIRES Board of Directors.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING & VIEWING
- Biden’s infrastructure plan would benefit from a healthy domestic battery supply chain, GreenBiz article contributed by Madeline Tyson, RMI Senior Associate
- Berkeley Lab study asks whether standalone batteries or renewables-plus-storage offer best value, Energy Storage News
- CBS News Video: Renewable Energy: New Frontier For Coal Country: Former Kentucky coal miner launches solar energy business to revitalize struggling economy, by CBS News meteorologist and climate specialist Jeff Berardell
- Inside Clean Energy: Solar Industry Wins Big in Kentucky Ruling, by Dan Gearino, Inside Climate News
COOL CONGREGATIONS – A NATIONAL IP&L PROGRAM
Across the country, people of faith are making changes in their homes and places of worship to prevent global warming through Interfaith Power & Light’s Cool Congregations program. The stewardship program helps congregations reduce the carbon footprint of their facilities and engages their members in reducing their carbon footprint at home. Click here to learn more about the program.
Photo: St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Dover, Massachusetts: Gold Certified Cool Congregation, 50% carbon reduction
NEW FARM JOURNAL FOUNDATION REPORT
Incentives Are Needed to Help Farmers Address Climate Issues, Report Says, Climate Ag
Farmers are among the most-qualified people to help address greenhouse gases (GHGs) and related climate issues, according to a new report commissioned by the Farm Journal Foundation. “The science tells us we have to rapidly scale up regenerative agriculture and climate-smart practices, like cover crops,” said Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow on Thursday, during a webinar announcing the findings. “(But) in order to engage farmers and ranchers in meaningful ways, we need proposals that pair sustainability with profitability.”
What Happens if You Have Solar and the Power Goes Out?, by Russell McLendon, Treehugger’s Sustainability for Series
In This Article
- How Do Solar Panels Work?
- Off-Grid Solar Power Systems
- Grid-Connected Systems With Energy Storage
- Grid-Connected Systems Without Energy Storage
See more Treehugger resources at the end of the article.