This week in Energy Democracy news:
States are leading on clean energy. Several states have passed statewide clean energy legislation aiming for net zero emissions by 2050. In Arkansas, a school district will be the first in the state to receive all its power from renewable energy.
Puerto Rico energy plan introduces MiniGrids to avoid repeat of Hurricane Maria by Robert Walton, Utility Dive
The plan’s eight MiniGrids would be capable of islanding following major storms or other events.
Eastern States to Vote on Curbing Smog From Pennsylvania by Amena H. Saiyid, Bloomberg Environment
Using Disaster To Build A New Democratic Energy Paradigm by John Farrell, CleanTechnica
After pause, Maine may have missed the boat on offshore wind by Tux Turkel, Portland Press Heral
Despite a bill in the Maine Legislature to get an experimental floating wind farm back on track, Maine will be challenged to regain the momentum it had prior to the LePage years.
Energy Democracy News Across the States:
Solar plant to meet all electricity demand for Arkansas school district by Talk Business & Politics staff, TB&P
Arizona Corporation Commission order new trail over APS electricity rates by Ryan Randazzo, Azcentral
Oxnard, California: The City That Stopped A Gas Plant by Julian Spector, Huffpost
Wind energy industry increasingly moving offshore by Mark Alvarado, Indiana Environmental Reporter
Baltimore County removes two parks from list of possible solar panel locations by Alison Knezevich, Baltimore Sun
Michigan opens 3.3 M farmland acres to bee-friendly solar projects by Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive
New York seeking proposals to integrate renewables and improve grid resiliency by Michelle Froese, Windpower
Reworked Bill to Limit Wind Energy Advances by Kirk Ross, Coastal Review
Pa. Dem Leader Pushes Cap-and-Invest Energy Plan by Christen Smith, RTO Insider
Nationwide Energy Democracy News:
Utility, EV coalition calls for 50% transportation energy reduction by 2050 by Robert Walton, Utility Dive
Proper funding of a transportation overhaul would lead to enormous benefits across society, including greater efficiency, economic productivity and competitiveness, access to affordable mobility, improved public health and air quality, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
America’s renewable energy capacity is now greater than coal by Matt Egan, CNN Business
U.S. excludes new panel technology from solar tariffs by Nichola Groom, Reuters
Breathe easier: States are passing a buttload of clean-energy bills by Nathanael Johnson, Grist
These states know that net zero emissions by 2050 is the goal, and there’s no time to waste.