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Senate Bill Would Set Nation on Course for 50 Percent Renewable Energy or More by 2035

Environmental Working Group News Release

Currently, 30 states have renewables standards that require utilities to generate a set percentage of electricity that ramps up from year to year. The Renewable Electricity Standard Act, by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), would require the remaining 20 states without renewables standards to get on board. A number of states with enormous solar and wind generation potential, like Florida, Georgia, Nebraska and Wyoming, have so far not adopted renewables policies. The proposal would more than double the pace of solar and wind development seen over the past decade, according to an analysis of Udall’s legislation by researchers with the Union of Concerned Scientists, or UCS. Read more here.

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OPPD Laying The Groundwork For A Bright Energy Future

OPPD News Release

As the utility industry evolves, Omaha Public Power District continues to lead the way the future is powered. At their monthly board meeting today, the OPPD Board of Directors received a strategic planning update from President & CEO Timothy J. Burke. Burke outlined five new strategic initiatives that are the building blocks for the district’s 10-year strategic plan based on OPPD’s guiding principles. 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.” Read the entire news release here.

Previously Posted – Neighboring States’ Decarbonization Models
A Vision for Midwest Zero-Carbon Power Starts to Take Shape, Natural Resources Defense Council
Renewable energy, especially in the wind-rich Midwest, is now the cheapest form of new power, coupled with the fact that natural gas prices remain at record lows. With these favorable market dynamics, Iowa has realized the greatest growth in the Midwest’s renewable energy portfolio in 2018 by generating 5x the amount of wind and solar the state produced ten years ago. However, as observed in NRDC’s previous analysis, to achieve our climate goals and deliver the full suite of clean energy benefits (while avoiding a rush to natural gas-fired power), market forces will not be enough.  Keeping up the current momentum will require strong state, utility, and local commitment to the clean energy transition. And the good news is that Midwest states and utilities are increasingly showing remarkable leadership on that front.

Corporate World Weighs Up Trillions Of Dollars Of Climate Risks – And Opportunities

Mike Scott, Contributor, Forbes

Some of the world’s biggest companies, representing $17 trillion in market capitalization, have said that climate change could cost them almost $1 trillion, much of it within the next five years, with a potential $250 billion write-off of stranded assets.

However, they also said that there are climate opportunities of $2.1 trillion, “nearly all of which are highly likely or certain”. Financial companies alone saw potential revenue of $1.2 trillion from low emissions products and services but they also face almost 80% of the total financial impacts, increasing the urgency for them to shift their investments into lower-carbon projects. Read more here.

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2019 US Solar Market Outlook: What is happening in the US solar market, and what can we expect in US solar in the next 12 months?

Sponsored Content, CleanTechnica Media

States, cities, communities, and businesses are responding with increasingly ambitious
sustainability goals that are driving solar market growth forward, according to the
Deloitte 2019 Renewable Energy Outlook. There’s a lot happening in the marketplace — smaller corporations are joining the corporate procurement market, oil and gas companies are moving solar into their energy mixes, and asset management companies have been foregrounding
new opportunities for their clients for solar growth. Read more here.

Photo by Martin Tidbury/Flickr

Additional Recommended Reading
Renewable energy growth in USA to continue in 2019, says Deloitte, Market Business News

FEATURED OPINION

We can’t wait for Washington’s Green New Deal. California needs just transition now, Sacramento Bee
The authors: Miya Yoshitani is the executive director of Asian Pacific Environmental Network. Gladys Limón is the executive director of California Environmental Justice Alliance.

With a Green New Deal, we can build distributed energy resources that generate and store clean, renewable power locally and regionally. California has a head start. Local clean energy aggregators have sprung up in counties across the state so that people can decide where they get their power. Last year, our state committed to achieving 100% renewable energy by 2045. Frontline communities helped create the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program to invest $1 billion to bring solar power to working-class renters. The California Public Utilities Commission agreed to fund community shared solar projects, which put clean energy in our neighborhoods. Such steps are crucial, but we need a full commitment and a comprehensive strategy. The Golden State must lead the way. It’s time for a Green New Deal in California.

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FEATURED RESOURCES: LOCATING SOLAR ON BROWNFIELDS

Many communities are turning old coal plants, closed landfills and other brownfields into solar farms. EPA’s RE-Powering Mapper is an online interactive web application that allows users to visualize key information on renewable energy potential at specific contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites. Using screening criteria developed in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), EPA has pre-screened more than 130,000 sites for their renewable energy potential.

Access the updated RE-Powering Mapper here. 
Learn more about EPA’s RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative here.

Pixabay Photo: Solar Boom