Solar Power Shined Bright in 2019

Solar Power Shined Bright in 2019

Even with the Trump administration’s policy challenges and continued tariffs on solar tile imports, 40%of all new electric generating capacity in the U.S. was solar, its highest share ever and more than any other source of electricity, according to a new report by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie.

Why This Matters:  Solar power is on its way now.  The total amount of solar power operating in the U.S. now exceeds 76 GW, up from just 1 GW at the end of 2009

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Arizona’s Largest Utility Commits To Be Carbon-Free By 2050

Arizona’s Largest Utility Commits To Be Carbon-Free By 2050

In a surprising turn around, Arizona Public Service (APS) pledged on Wednesday to achieve carbon-free (not just neutral) power by 2050, with an interim target of 65 percent clean electricity by 2030, and by 2031 APS will achieve 45 percent renewable energy as well as close its coal power plants.  Ironically, in 2018, APS spent nearly $40 million dollars to defeat a ballot initiative to switch to renewables in the same time frame that Democratic Presidential candidate Tom Steyer’s organization NextGen America was working to get passed, according to The Washington Post.

 

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The Latest Climate Plan: House Dems Unveil an Outline of CLEAN Future Legislation

The Latest Climate Plan: House Dems Unveil an Outline of CLEAN Future Legislation

On Wednesday, the House Democratic leadership rolled out their answer to the Green New Deal — an outline of a proposal they call “The Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act,” which adopts the science-based goal of transitioning the United States to a 100 percent clean economy – defined as producing net-zero emissions – by 2050.

Why This Matters:  The bill is being released now to lay the groundwork in the event that Dems win the White House in 2020.

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Renewable Energy Tax Breaks – Clean Energy Left Out, Biodiesel Back In

Renewable Energy Tax Breaks – Clean Energy Left Out, Biodiesel Back In

This week, as part of its annual spending bills, Congressional negotiators worked out a narrow package of tax breaks for some types of renewable energy but purposely left other clean energy sources out of the money.

Why This Matters:  The final spending bill was not good for conservation and climate change and environmental groups are not happy. 

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Blue Wave Continues Lifting Dems to Victory in KY Governor’s Race and VA Legislature

Blue Wave Continues Lifting Dems to Victory in KY Governor’s Race and VA Legislature

In a huge upset, the Democrat Andy Beshear upset the sitting Governor there running on a pro-climate change, clean energy platform.  And the state House and Senate in Virginia also flipped to Democratic control, with clean energy issues looming large in the election as well, with the largest single donor to Dems in Virginia funding liberal candidates in an effort to loosen the hold of Dominion energy in the state capitol.

Why This Matters:  Environmental issues were an important factor in Democratic victories on Tuesday.

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On Climate Change, Senator Warren Has a New Plan — Inslee’s Old Plan

On Climate Change, Senator Warren Has a New Plan — Inslee’s Old Plan

Last night, Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is known for having a plan for everything, put out a “new” climate-related plan — that is basically Jay Inslee’s clean energy plan.

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