Reminder: The Fight for 100 Percent Renewable is Political

Date: 28 Jun 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As an increasing number of cities across the U.S. pledge their commitment to purchase 100% of their power from renewable sources in the coming decades, some researchers questioned the feasibility of such energy policies. One recent 100% study takes the position that it is impractical for the continental U.S. to commit to 100% water, wind, and solar (WWS) energy sources between 2050 and 2055.

This article started off a Twitter discussion about the study, and more broadly, about the possibility of a 100% WWS energy commitment becoming reality. The studies are focused solely on the technical and economic challenges of the commitment. My 10-part response notes that we have to be focused on the politics, since it’s in city councils and statehouses that decisions actually happen.

Here’s the lead tweet:

My concern was that by criticizing the analysis there’s an implied criticism of the goal of 100% renewable energy, and that goal is what is motivating a movement toward clean energy that we need.

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John Farrell directs the Energy Democracy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he develops tools that allow communities to take charge of their energy future, and pursue the maximum economic benefits of the transition to 100% renewable power.