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National trend toward 100% renewable energy accelerates

Environment America News Release

In January, Environment America revealed its “100% Renewable” campaign, which aspires to get nine new states to set ambitious renewable energy targets within five years. At the time, only Hawaii and California had met that goal. But with Washington enacting a bill today and New Mexico doing the same in March, the total number has doubled. In addition, a bipartisan group of 88 state legislators in Pennsylvania also announced that they are re-introducing a bill to require that commonwealth to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. Read more here.

MORE 100% CLEAN ENERGY NEWS

Additional Recommended Reading
Corporate Renewable Energy Commitments Catalyzing Change, Triple Pundit

America’s Top Colleges for Renewable Energy

A report by Environment America Research & Policy Center
Environment America News Release

America’s colleges and universities are leading the transition to a 100 percent renewable energy system. Small liberal arts colleges, large public universities and community colleges  alike, from every corner of the U.S., are taking the lead in reducing energy consumption,  deploying renewable energy technologies, and switching to electric vehicles.

The nation’s leading campuses for clean energy — from the University of Minnesota, Morris to  Southwestern University in Texas — are setting a strong example for other colleges and the  nation as a whole to follow. More than 40 colleges and universities now obtain 100 percent or more of their electricity from renewable energy sources.  And, of the 180 schools that  have reported their renewable energy data to The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), 91 percent are using some amount of renewable energy.

Campuses are also leading in cleaning up our transportation system. Each of the top 10 schools for electric vehicles (EVs) in this ranking have switched over 60 percent of their campus-owned vehicles to EVs. Of the 261 campuses reporting their campus fleet details to STARS, 88 percent have at least one EV. Continue reading here.

Download the full report.
Learn about Environment America’s 100% Renewable campaign.

Colorado is overhauling climate goals with an eye on scrubbing carbon from its electricity

By Mark Jaffe, The Colorado Sun

One of the big pushes in Colorado legislation, spurred by the labor unions, is to ensure coal plant jobs losses are addressed, most particularly in House Bill 1314, which creates a transition office in the division of employment and training that would offer benefits and help retrain displaced coal plant workers.

At a jobs and climate caucus last year, the unions came to the position that “climate change is real and needs to be addressed and we have to make sure fossil-fuel dependent workers are fairly treated in this transition,” said Dennis Dougherty, executive director of the Colorado AFL-CIO. Read more here.

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VOICES FOR 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY – ENVIRONMENT AMERICA

 Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, State of Wisconsin

“Governor Tony Evers and I have a goal of moving Wisconsin to 100% clean energy by 2050. As Lieutenant Governor, my work will focus on the core principles of equity and sustainability.

One of our first priorities is implementing the Paris Agreement on a state level to combat climate change. We want to adopt policies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the impact fossil fuels have on our beautiful state.

We plan to invest in renewable energy and research how climate change is disproportionately affecting our farmers, rural areas, impoverished communities and people of color—while making solutions beneficial and accessible to everyone.

Our policies will encourage businesses and communities to make smart energy choices. Wisconsin will lead the way when it comes to sustaining our Earth for future generations.”

Voices for 100% Renewable Energy

Statement: House leaders unveil bill to help U.S. meet Paris Climate Agreement goals

Environment America News Release

Today leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives announced the
introduction this week of H.R. 9: The Climate Action Now Act.

“The United States is uniquely capable of developing and implementing the solutions we need — transitioning to a society completely powered by clean energy, electrifying our cars, and expanding mass transit and bike lanes. We have the research universities and institutions, the renewable energy technology, and most of all, the indomitable spirit of innovation that has powered America for more than 200 years. All we need is the political will to make it happen.

This bill is just a first step in solving the climate crisis and maintaining our global standing. We sincerely hope this is a building block on our road to a 100 percent carbon-neutral future, which is what science tells us is crucial to stave off the worst impacts of climate change.  Environment America looks forward to working with these leaders and anybody — no matter their political party or where they’re from — who wants to join the effort.” Read the entire statement here.

ENVIRONMENT AMERICA’S  CLIMATE ACTION RESOURCES

Environment America’s priorities are working to urge campuses, cities and states to lead the way to 100% renewable power, go big on solar, and harness the abundant wind power off the Atlantic coast. Environment America’s 100% Renewable campaign is focused on three arenas: college and university campuses, cities and states, and Congress.

Learn more about Environment America’s Clean, Green & Renewable Energy campaigns here.

Previously Posted
Mayors join call for more solar power, Norfolk Daily News

New toolkit provides U.S. cities with ten ways to go solar

Environment America News Release

With local municipalities playing an increasingly important role in the clean energy revolution, Environment America Research and Policy Center released a new toolkit to support cities and towns nationwide in capturing more clean renewable energy from the sun. Ten Ways Your Community Can Go Solar offers practical ways to take advantage of millions of available rooftops across the country.

“If we’re going to forestall catastrophic climate change and protect our cities and towns from the effects of extreme weather, there’s nothing better than clean, locally harvested renewable power,” said Susan Rakov, chair of Environment America Research and Policy Center’s Clean Energy Program. “Rooftop solar can make communities cleaner, safer and more self-reliant. Cities and towns need to put the pieces in place to help this technology thrive.” Read more here.

Links to Solar Energy Incentives & Additional Resources

Federal Investment Tax Credit for solar systems: 30% to December 31, 2019.
Source: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)

Additionally, LES customers may qualify for a one-time capacity payment of up to $1,000 per kilowatt of peak demand reduced. The total amount customers can receive is determined by the system size and primary direction the system is facing, for example:

  • Southern facing fixed-photovoltaic solar – the unit’s nameplate DC capacity (kW) x $375.
  • Western facing or single or dualaxis tracking fixed-photovoltaic solar – the unit’s nameplate DC capacity (kW) x $475.

Source: Customer-owned Renewable Generation

Business Equipment Depreciation Resources

Voices for 100% Renewable Energy

Environment America hosts this online platform to highlight a range of voices from across the country who share the nonprofit organization’s goal of shifting to 100% renewable energy. One voice for 100% renewable energy: Dorothy Barnett, Executive Director of the Climate &
Energy Project, Kansas.

“Kansas has a rich wind resource and in just over ten years, we are already generating nearly 40% of our electricity from wind power. This $10-billion-dollar capital investment has created jobs and spurred economic revitalization in rural communities.

As the recognized leader of energy and climate policy in Kansas, the Climate + Energy Project promotes a more equitable and just transition to a clean energy future. In order to meet a 100% renewable energy goal, continued growth in wind and solar, investments in energy efficiency
programs to mitigate rising electric rates and a commitment to grow the use distributed energy resources will be imperative for a healthy and resilient Kansas and the nation.”
Voices for 100% Renewable Energy

ADDITIONAL ENVIRONMENT AMERICA CAMPAIGNS & RESOURCES

Environment America’s priorities are working to urge campuses, cities and states to lead the way to 100%
renewable power, go big on solar, and harness the abundant wind power off the Atlantic coast.
Environment America’s 100% Renewable campaign is focused on three arenas: college and university
campuses, cities and states, and Congress.

Learn more about Environment America’s Clean, Green & Renewable Energy campaigns here.

Previously Posted
Mayors join call for more solar power, Norfolk Daily News

Environment America partners with students and faculty to urge colleges and universities to shift to 100 percent clean, renewable power

Environment America News Release

Campaigns planned on more than 50 campuses.

BOSTON — Environment America, along with students across the country, will launch 50 campaigns in 15 states this year, imploring colleges and universities to generate 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources. The nationwide initiative will include educational forums, petition drives and direct engagement with administration officials to press for 100 percent renewable energy on campuses. In support of these efforts, more than 950 faculty and campus leaders have signed a statement calling for higher education administrators to make a clear commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy for all operations. Read more here.

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Related
These dozen states could move to 100% renewable electricity, CBS News

ADDITIONAL 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY NEWS & OPINION

GREEN NEW DEAL 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling for a Green New Deal as the ‘moonshot’ of our generation. Here’s everything we know about it so far, 
by Aylin Woodward, Business Insider

Ocasio-Cortez has succeeded in generating enthusiasm for a Green New Deal — 92% of Democrats and 64% of Republicans support such a plan, according to one survey.

ALSO IN THE NEWS

Nine states campaign for 100% clean energy

Rob Sargent, Environment America News Release

In the wake of Environment California’s successful campaign to commit the Golden State to 100 percent clean electricity generation by 2045, Environment America is launching a multi-year campaign to convince governors and legislators in other states to set similar goals to transition to clean energy. Environment America, a national network of state environmental groups, announced it will push bills promoting 100 percent clean energy in at least nine states: Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico and Washington. Read more here.


Environment America’s 100% Renewable Energy Campaign

 

MORE RENEWABLE ENERGY JOBS

Renewable Energy Jobs in Nebraska, Indeed
Renewable Energy Jobs in Iowa, Indeed
Jobs in the Community Solar Industry, Coalition for Community Solar Access
Another strategy is to search local and national solar and wind
energy companies’ websites for renewable energy jobs postings, or major nonprofit organizations like Environment America if you are interested in renewable energy advocacy jobs.

ADDITIONAL 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY NEWS

The US Underwent a Quiet Clean Energy Revolution Last Year, World Resources Institute. The public perception of U.S. clean energy has undergone a major shift. In a recent survey, 70 percent of respondents said America should produce 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources; more than half thought renewables were a good idea even if they raise energy bills.

RENEWABLE ENERGY COSTS

NextEra: solar and wind plus batteries will be “massively disruptive” to conventional generation, PV Magazine. NextEra CEO Jim Robo’s exact math is that even after the federal tax credits expire, wind will be
2 – 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, large-scale solar will be 2.5 – 3 cents, and storage will add .5 – 1 cent. This would put these resources slightly below the current cost of natural gas-fired generation, without the
uncertainty around fuel prices that is inherent to gas.

Mayors join call for more solar power

Special to the Norfolk Daily News

 

 

 

 

More than 200 mayors representing cities in every U.S. state have signed on to Environment America Research & Policy Center’s “Mayors for Solar Energy” letter, embracing a collective vision for solar-powered communities. Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning is one of two representing Nebraska, along with Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler . . . The number of signatures on the Mayors for Solar Energy letter has more than tripled since December 2017, and Environment America Research and Policy Center expects that number will continue to grow. Learn more here.

Environment America News Release: From sea to shining sea, mayors call for solar
Mayors For Solar Energy

Environment America Resources

Additional Opportunity Highlighted by Environment America
Apply for SolSmart designation and get technical assistance in improving your solar permitting process.

 


Lincoln, Nebraska is a
SolSmart Designee.

 

 

 


Lincoln Environmental Action Plan 2017 – 2018 (PDF)

 

 


Previously Posted NPPD News Release:
NPPD, Norfolk seeking grant for battery energy storage project. Funding for battery energy storage system (BESS) demonstration project is being sought by the Nebraska Public Power District and the City of Norfolk that would be tied to a proposed community solar project planned for that community in 2019.

No Longer a Novelty, Clean Energy Technologies Boom All Across the US

By Julia Pyper, Greentech Media

Today, renewable energy is taking off in virtually every state in the nation. A new report and interactive map released this week by Environment America takes stock of U.S. clean energy progress to date. It finds that leadership is no longer concentrated in select parts of the country, but that it is distributed across states with varying economic and democratic makeups. “You’re seeing an evolution that’s happening everywhere; and it will be interesting to see what will happen 10 years from now,” [Rob Sargent, energy program leader at Environment America] said. The “Renewables on the Rise” report highlights how much has changed in a relatively short period of time, which can be easy to forget.

Read more here.

According to the report, Nebraska is 10th in the nation in wind-energy development.