There is more speculation, more rumors, more nervous people in the renewable energy field right now then ever before in our history. It is refreshing this week to hear of some positive forward thinking in the midst of all the angst. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy boldly announced it’s commitment for it’s SunShot Inititive to cut the cost of solar-generated electricity by 50% between 2020 and 2030. This is a new target continuing SunShot Initiative’s progress in helping the solar industry reach more than 90% of the initiative’s established 2020 goal in just five years. This includes brand new funding opps that will push the cost of solar even further down. Three cheers for the Department of Energy!
The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, first introduced by Senators Murkowski and Maria Cantwell in 2012, may be finally getting passed. The last energy act passed by Congress was back in 2007. We are long over due for change. However, we still have to wait and see until it is finally passed to see what is really going to happen. The NRDC and 9 other major environmental organizations have expressed concern over the act as it now stands in a letter dated yesterday. This is a bi-partisan bill in an arena where playing nicely together generally does not occur. At this time Congress is debating the many amendments which fall on all sides of the issue. See a brief summary from today’s Utility Dive.
It is good to see that there is a lot that goes on off the radar on working on climate change. The US and the Canadian governments have been hard at work since Paris. Trudeau and Obama have been working together and have many common goals. As the writer of this article states “By shifting the discussion from pipelines to power lines, the leaders made some progress today”. It is a good thing. Read Here.
This article by
of Eco Watch is commendable,
it puts a positive spin on a otherwise gloomy decision.
Read Article Here.
The White House released a “Fact Sheet” this week on the President’s proposal to double clean energy Research and Development by 2012. “Accelerating clean energy innovation is essential to achieving the goal of limiting the rise in global temperatures to well below 2˚C,” the White House said. Read article here.
Strange Bed Fellows indeed! Coal companies and environmental groups have been gathering together to back incentives for carbon capturing! Read here!