By Betsy Lillian, Solar Industry Magazine
Gov. Tony Evers, D-Wis., has announced plans to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to implementing the Paris climate accord on a state level.
“It’s a new day in Wisconsin, and it’s time to lead our state in a new direction where we embrace science, where we discuss the very real implications of climate change, where we work to find solutions and where we invest in renewable energy,” says Evers, who took office in January. “By joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, we will have support in demonstrating that we can take climate action while growing our economy at the same time. Read more here.
MORE NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
Chicago has released its new resilience strategy, Resilient Chicago, devised through a partnership with 100 Resilient Cities. The plan contains 12 goals and 50 actions the city can take to improve its resilience.
- Chicago sets goal for 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2035, Electrek
- With another solar development in the wings, is a new renewable coming for Wyoming?, Casper Star Tribune
- Solar Bill of Rights introduced in California, PV Magazine
The legislation would enshrine a customer’s right to generate and store electricity on their own property as well as connecting to the grid without undue burden and freedom from discriminatory fees, as well as setting compensation for battery exports.
- Poll: Arizona voters believe renewable energy should be state priority, KTAR News
- Virginia lawmakers clear path for electric co-ops to expand solar, Energy News Network
- City of Buffalo seeks 32 solar power bids, PV Magazine
As part of a broader program between five local schools, the City of Buffalo has submitted a request for proposals for 32 sites around the city, and project owners will then sell the electricity through 20-year power contracts with the city.
- Pennsylvania Introduces Bipartisan Community Solar Legislation, News Release, Coalition for Community Solar Access. Today, 19 states and the District of Columbia allow community solar programs, creating thousands of jobs and spurring local economic investments in those states.
Coalition for Community Solar Access provides resources for anyone interested in learning about, advocating for, and building community solar.
- $100 Billion Would Put Northern New England On 80% Clean Energy, New Hampshire Public Radio. The study, commissioned by the Nature Conservancy and Coastal Enterprises, Inc., says Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are already spending billions a year to import fossil fuels. Instead, the report by Vermont Energy Investment Corp. says the states – and their private
sectors – could invest $100 billion to cover 80 percent of their energy needs with clean technologies.
A similar study for our state would be enlightening:
How much does Nebraska spend each year to import fossil fuels?
How much would it take to power our state with 80% clean technologies? 100%?