By Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO,
Solar Energy Industries Association
As part of our planning for the next decade, we will produce a roadmap that will outline the policy, social, environmental and economic considerations needed to make the Solar+ Decade a reality. If we achieve 20 percent solar by 2030, the potential payoff to our economy would be enormous. Picture this: solar could add more than $345 billion to the U.S. economy over the next ten years, reaching $53 billion annually. The solar workforce would grow to 600,000 professionals and Americans would enjoy greater energy choice, lower utility bills and cleaner air. Moreover, our success could prove that climate solutions don’t hurt the economy, but instead, are some of the strongest economic growth engines we’ve seen in decades. Read more here,
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING & VIEWING
- Polis signs suite of climate, energy bills, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday signed several bills addressing climate and energy in the state as he unveiled what he’s calling a roadmap for Colorado reaching 100 percent renewable energy by 2040. Polis also noted before signing the bills that Glenwood Springs will become the second community in the state, following Aspen, to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable power. The city this week said it will be taking advantage of wind power it will buy from the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska.
- YouTube Video: Glenwood Springs 100% Renewable Energy Announcement
- Read The Post Independent news story here.
- Successful Farming Special: Chuck Grassley, A Senate Force For Farmers. Interview by Dan Looker for Successful Farming Magazine’s June 2019 Issue. Grassley has succeeded in getting tax credits to foster wind energy and the production of ethanol and biodiesel. (Ethanol tax credits are no longer in effect.).
- Congressional Hearings Examine Climate Change And Agriculture, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Blog
- Previously Posted: Green New Deal for farming: Address climate crisis and revitalize food system, The Hill. About the Authors: Rudy Arredondo is the executive director, of the National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association. Lisa Archer is the director of the Food and Agriculture Program at Friends of the Earth. Friends of the Earth, National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Association and a coalition of more than 300 organizations sent a letter to Congress in April advocating for a Green New Deal that reflects the central role of food and agriculture in our climate crisis.
NEW GEOTHERMAL ENERGY REPORT
The Energy Department has released a groundbreaking analysis detailing how the United States can benefit from the vast potential of geothermal energy. The analysis culminated in a report, GeoVision: Harnessing the Heat Beneath Our Feet, summarizes findings demonstrating that geothermal electricity generation could increase more than 26-fold from today—reaching 60 gigawatts of installed capacity by 2050.