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!
This past week New York’s PSA (Public Service Commission) passed the Governor’s mandate for New York to go to 50% renewables by 2030. Massachusetts approved offshore wind for 1,600 MW of power. Last year Vermont approved a Clean Energy Standard of 75 percent by 2032. One of the more controversial sections of New York’s approval is the inclusion of nuclear power. New York, unlike other major state players continues to subsidize nuclear power. This could be challenged legally in the near future. Read more about this in Renewable Energy World.
From East Syracuse to Liverpool’s public library, discussions about clean energy have been popping up all over Onondaga County — and all across New York State. Now, it’s time for action. Read Ron’s article here!
The REVolution has already reached a new level on the west coast….Read here!
In a recent poll conducted by the Nature Conservancy it was discovered a growing number of New Yorker’s are in support of NYS REV (Reforming the Energy Vision). A total of 89% of New Yorker’s questioned were in support of the plan, only 8% were against and 3% didn’t know or didn’t answer. That is statistically significant in every text book out there. It is a clear majority of support. With the support of the voters New York State can feel confident in it’s landmark decisions made in the interest of the people and the environment. I encourage everyone to read this poll, it is full of interesting bits of voter opinion stats. Well done, Nature Conservancy!
E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) has created a guide for getting into the filed of renewable energy. Many young people are graduating from with a firm belief that they need to create a sustainable world to live in. Therefore it is logical for graduates to be attracted to the renewable energy field which will help co-create a sustainable world. Read more about opportunities here in E2’s clean jobs guide for grads.
Solar energy has been growing for years now. But 2016 could turn out to be one of the biggest yet! Growth is predicted now at 116% New technologies, new regulations, public opinion, green businesses have led to many new models of solar available. Community solar and micro-grids, unheard of just a few years ago are gaining significant momentum. The Hill does a good job of explaining how this is a nationwide phenomena. Read Here.