By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times
It’s been less than four months since California committed to getting all of its electricity from
climate-friendly sources by 2045. But the idea is already catching on in other states. At least nine governors taking their oaths of office this month, from Nevada to Michigan to New York, campaigned on 100% clean energy, or have endorsed the target since it was enshrined in
California law. The District of Columbia also set a 100% clean energy goal last month. So did Xcel Energy, a Minneapolis-based utility that serves 3.6 million electricity customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. Read more here.
MORE 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY NEWS & INITIATIVES
- Six paths to 100% renewables for Los Angeles, PV Magazine USA
Added transmission, varying levels of distributed generation, and increasing levels of “load modernization” are all under consideration in an NREL study. The results could illuminate paths for California and other states to reach 100% zero-carbon or renewable energy targets.
- Green Team Massachusetts: We are first-term legislators supported by environmental scientists & civic leaders working to unlock & deploy
Massachusetts’ 100% renewable energy potential.
- Another Utah city commits to 100% renewables, Windpower Engineering Development
- Mayor Soglin throws support behind rural solar projects; would help city meet zero-carbon goal, Wisconsin State Journal. In 2017 the Madison City Council passed a resolution declaring its intention to get all its energy from renewable sources.
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- 2019 Solar Outlook: Making ambitious state policy into a reality, Utility Dive
Cities and municipalities are also increasingly committing themselves to 100% renewable
energy or zero net carbon goals. The numerous commitments offer an opportunity to research the best ways to interconnect additional solar resources and to modernize the grid, said
Jennifer Szaro, vice president of research and education at the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).
- Firmenich Commits To 100% Renewable Power Globally, Solar Industry
Firmenich joins more than 160 major businesses in the global RE100 initiative, which is led by international nonprofit The Climate Group in partnership with CDP.
NEW ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION REPORT
According to EIA’s latest inventory of electric generators, 23.7 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity additions and 8.3 GW of capacity retirements are expected for the U.S. electric power sector in 2019. The utility-scale
capacity additions consist primarily of wind (46%), natural gas (34%), and solar photovoltaics (18%), with the remaining 2% consisting primarily of other renewables and battery storage capacity.
Who benefits from the solar energy revolution?, by Kara Manke, UC Berkeley News
Not everyone is benefiting equally from the availability of new solar energy technologies, a new study by researchers at UC Berkeley and Tufts University shows. By combining remote sensing data from Google’s Project Sunroof with census tract information, the
researchers discovered significant racial disparities in the adoption of rooftop solar photovoltaics. The findings were published Jan. 10 in the journal Nature Sustainability.
Read more on the Tufts University website.