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.
Mr. Van Nostrand raises some very good points about a growing concern. It seems to be that when solar was a fairly new technology that installers took their time to really do a good job. However, now that solar is become so competitive and mainstream that we seem to be loosing that personal touch of real quality work. All of us in this field need to be continually mindful of providing quality service to our customers.Read Mr. Van Nostrand’s article here.