By 2050, solar panel prices are likely to drop in half, meaning solar could account for 40% of the world’s electricity. Arkansas is planning to allow third-party financing for solar installations, despite pushback from utilities. Electric busses will hit the road in Hawaii as the state takes steps towards reaching it’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045. … Read More
In California, lawmakers introduced a “Solar Bill of Rights” for home and business owners burdened with fees for generating and storing electricity on their properties. Illinois lawmakers introduced a bill to impliment 100% renewable energy by 2050. Wisconsin also joins the 100% renewable energy bandwagon with a proposal from the governor requiring the state’s utilities be carbon-free by 2050.
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In a first for a US utility, a renewable energy project will combine wind, solar and storage in Oregon. Plus, a new study says changing mobility trends may lead to big changes in city planning as EV adoption increases.… Read More
States are stepping up to the plate to combat climate change. Despite a focus on federal level change, most policy progress has actually happened at the state level. This week, Massachusetts joined their ranks in a big way by introducing legislation requiring 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. Plus, New Mexico joins 18 other states in a national renewable energy coalition.… Read More
Signs are pointing to a big year for electric vehicles adoption. Coal plants continue to shutter due to costs despite the administration’s insistence on bringing back coal jobs. Plus, Washington, D.C. joins the ranks of cities that have committed to 100% renewable energy. The D.C. clean energy bill is one of the most ambitious signed into law yet, mandating 100% renewable energy by 2032.… Read More
More states are expected to commit to 100% clean energy in 2019 following the examples of California and Hawaii. Experts also expect to see utilities get smarter about planning their investments with new ways to account for developments in wind energy, solar energy and battery storage. … Read More
Over 200 mayors from all 50 states signed onto a letter calling for more solar power deployment. They cited the both economic and environmental benefits. Solar photovoltaic panels have declined in cost by 99% over the past few decades thanks to smart public policy. A new study illustrates the economic viability of Minnesota reaching its renewable energy goals by 2050. Plus, electric vehicles adoption is spreading in the central U.S.… Read More
Clean energy advocates are optimistic following the midterm elections. Despite failed ballot initiatives in Arizona and Washington, advocates are hopeful for renewable energy gains at the state level thanks to Democrats gaining seats in many state legislatures. … Read More
This week in Energy Democracy news: a new scorecard ranks states on their shared renewables programs, including community solar. Plus, researchers in the midwest are tapping into low-cost, long duration energy storage to support the widespread deployment of renewables.