Written by Jodie Van Horn, Director of Sierra Club’s Ready For 100 Campaign
The Ready For 100 campaign began with an incredible idea: that the United States can be powered by 100% clean, renewable energy. The idea was initially ridiculed. Skeptics said we could never achieve such an ambitious, idealistic vision. We heard every version of “no,” “can’t,” “won’t,” and “shouldn’t.” We were laughed out of rooms.
So we did what anyone with a bold idea and a dream for a better future does: we persisted, and we organized. Just three years since Ready For 100 launched, we have helped build a strong, diverse movement of residents, businesses, faith leaders, community groups, and city leaders all across the country who are calling for 100% clean energy for 100% of the people. Continue reading here.
By Andy Colthorpe, Editor and Journalist, Energy Storage News
“The US really is one of the leading markets for the storage business in the world. Here in the western part of the US with such aggressive renewable portfolio standard targets, California is on a path to perhaps 100% renewables in less than 30 years. “There’s a lot of activity in Arizona too. So the western part of the US continues to blaze a trail towards much longer duration, bulk energy storage and shifting, from daytime to early evening peak. “[But] We’re [also] beginning to see the same developments in the eastern part of the US, in Massachusetts, in New York State, which has some pretty aggressive aspirations in this area. Another interesting thing is that in addition to solar and onshore wind there’s a tremendous amount of offshore wind activity in the northeast US, which was virtually unheard of a few years ago.”
– NEC Energy Solutions CEO Steve Fludder
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By Jodie Van Horn, Director of the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Campaign
Published by Herald and News
Today, more than 50 cities and towns in the United States have committed to move to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. From big cities like Atlanta and San Diego to small towns like Abita Springs, La., and Hanover, N.H., cities are switching to 100 percent clean energy because it’s better for them — clean energy creates local jobs, cuts pollution, and saves homes and businesses money. More than 150 mayors, Democrats and Republicans, have also pledged to power their cities entirely with renewable energy.
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