By David Roberts, Vox Opinion
The Sierra Club notes that so far in the US, more than 80 cities, five counties, and two states have committed to 100 percent renewables. Six cities have already hit the target. The group RE100 tracks 144 private companies across the globe that have committed to 100 percent renewables, including Google, Ikea, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Nike, GM, and, uh, Lego. Read more here.
MORE 100% CLEAN ENERGY NEWS
League of Conservation Voters News Release:
Over 1,400 Candidates Nationwide Make ‘Clean Energy for All’ Commitment To 100 Percent Clean Energy By 2050
- These 10 cities are embracing 100% renewable energy, Mother Nature Network
- Salesforce, Kaiser Permanente add to boom in corporate renewable PPAs, Utility Dive
- How AT&T and Iron Mountain procure renewable energy, GreenBiz
- Herman Miller’s Spring Lake Campus will be 100% Renewable Energy, Industry Week
This investment in renewable energy is a part of the company’s Earthright Strategy – a commitment to creating a “better world” by 2023.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
Solar’s growth spreads beyond California, Southwest, American Public Power Association
According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Utility-Scale Solar Report: The solar pipeline is filling up across the nation, but the authors noted the particularly robust growth in locations that previously were not solar hot spots. The central region, for instance, accounted for 27% of the 99.2 GW of solar projects that entered development last year, followed by the Southwest with 19% of the 99 GW, the Southeast with 15% of the total, and Northeast with 12%, while California and Texas each accounted for 11% of the new solar projects.
- The South takes the lead in utility-scale solar as interconnection queues swell to 188GW (w/charts), PV Magazine. As a further sign that solar is going mainstream across the United States, a new report by Lawrence Berkeley National Labs finds that southeastern states hosted 40% of the utility-scale solar installed nationally in 2017. Interconnection queues have swelled to 188.5 GW of utility solar capacity, eight times more than installed capacity.
- Clean energy versus gas, PV Magazine
Solar and energy storage, either on their own or as part of clean energy portfolios, are showing that they can compete with natural gas in the United States. But will regulators wake up to this reality before half a trillion dollars worth of future stranded assets are built?
- World’s largest rooftop solar system – first image from Tesla, PV Magzine
Tesla has released an image of its solar powered rooftop, which is currently under construction. It is now clear that the system will be the world’s largest at 70 MW.
- Solar groups endorse Arizona’s renewable energy Proposition 127, News Release posted by PV Magazine
- Seven Reasons Why The Internal Combustion Engine Is A Dead Man Walking, Forbes
- Electric future? Global push to move away from gas-powered cars, The Guardian
MORE NEW REPORTS
Mayors Leading the Way on Climate
Mayors across the country are taking action to address climate change threats by committing to reduce carbon emissions. A nationwide survey by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions as part of their partnership, the Alliance for a Sustainable Future, demonstrates that cities are pushing ahead their efforts to implement climate programs. The survey also shows that cities are eager to partner with business and other communities to expedite carbon reduction initiatives to meet aggressive goals.
Deloitte: The case for renewables has never been stronger, PV Magazine International. Three key enablers – price and performance parity, grid integration and new technologies – are allowing solar and wind power to compete with conventional sources on price, while matching their performance, says Deloitte. In its new report Global Renewable Energy Trends, the global accounting giant says renewables, which have only recently been recognized as mainstream energy sources, are now becoming the preferred ones.
If you missed the Clean Energy States Alliance’s webinar, California’s Pioneering Policies for New Homes: Greater Efficiency with Required Solar Energy, slides and a recording of this webinar are now available here. Learn more about Clean Energy States Alliance at: www.cesa.org