Wind farms could supply a quarter of the European Union’s electricity needs by 2030 if member states come good on energy and climate pledges, an industry report said on Wednesday. Wind energy provides around 10 percent of the bloc’s electricity but lobby group, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) said it expects wind capacity could reach 320 gigawatts over the next 15 years, making a near 25 percent contribution to overall electricity supply.
Climate change in this country has mostly been viewed as a debate over scientific evidence and economic calculations, but very little has been said about the moral aspects of it. “Elected members may easily dismiss secular environmental groups when it comes to climate change,” Annett said. “Brushing off the pope is another matter altogether.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) issued an executive order in April that set a goal to cut the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and eventually 80 percent by 2050 compared with 1990 levels. “I don’t know how you’re getting anywhere close to that without electrification,” Ted Craver, CEO of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison Co., said in an interview with ClimateWire yesterday, referring to that 2050 target.”This research points to the importance of two fundamental and parallel trends in energy and the environment,” Mike Howard, EPRI president and CEO, said in a statement. “First is the continuing decarbonization of the electricity sector and second is the electrification of energy use in transportation and industry.”
About one year from now, on September 6, 2016, all states must submit their plans, detailing how they intend to meet their individualized targets using their own unique set of industries, technologies, and resources, or formally request an extension. In coastal states, particularly along the Atlantic seaboard, governors and state legislatures should look to a massive, untapped source of zero-carbon energy sitting just beyond their shores and large enough to sustain most of their required carbon pollution cuts: offshore wind power.
Vice President Joe Biden is a huge fan of solar power, and he wants others to jump on the bandwagon. “It’s important to let the secret out,” Biden said of solar power today at a conference in Anaheim, Calif. “The more Americans who understand the possibilities of solar, this is going to increase exponentially,” he added. “Just imagine how much more we can do.” The vice president was touting the Obama administration’s announcement today that it plans to invest $120 million to scale up solar energy projects across the country
The number of new solar projects in 2017 could drop to the lowest annual level since 2012 if Congress doesn’t extend an investment tax credit that is slated to get slashed by two-thirds at the end of next year, a new report shows. New solar installations would drop by 8 gigawatts through 2017 if the current 30 percent tax credit for commercial projects isn’t extended beyond 2016, according to a study released today by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
ix weeks after U.S. EPA released its final Clean Power Plan, regulators in Iowa are still analyzing the 1,500-page rule and how it treats the state’s 5,000-plus megawatts of wind generation. Questions about wind, particularly those projects installed prior to 2013, remain a key issue as regulators continue to work through the 1,500-page rule and begin the process of developing a compliance strategy. More than 3,500 MW of wind was installed in the state between 2008 and 2012.
The United States rose to first place in a new international ranking released yesterday of countries most attractive to renewable energy investors, while the United Kingdom dropped out of the top 10. The ranking report published by EY LLP, a global consulting service, cites President Obama’s launch of the Clean Power Plan as boosting investor confidence in the country by sending a “strong message” of a shift to a low-carbon economy. The United States displaced China at the top of EY’s renewable energy country attractiveness index for the first time in a year.
The Interior Department announced today that it completed its environmental review of plans to lease up to 308,000 acres of federal waters off North Carolina for commercial wind farm development. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a revised environmental assessment that concluded the leasing plan would have no significant impacts on the ocean or its users. The agency will next decide whether to issue one or more commercial leases within three wind energy areas including a 122,000-acre site about 28 miles off the coast of Kitty Hawk and two additional areas of 52,000 acres and 134,000 acres beginning about 12 miles off Cape Fear.
More than 2,000 organizations signed a letter last week calling on the US Government to extend a variety of expired and expiring tax provisions, including the vaunted PTC. The Production Tax Credit has been integral to the growth of the US wind industry, and as the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) notes, “is a big reason” why the US wind industry is the “most productive in the world with enough wind energy produced annually for 18 million American homes.”