There have been numerous clean energy developments in recent months, and we have compiled online resources related to different clean energy policies for your convenience.
1. State Plans To Achieve 100 Percent Renewable By 2050
Researchers from Stanford and U.C. Berkeley have created specific state-by-state plans outlining how to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The plans call for significant changes to infrastructure and energy use, but the study demonstrates that the goal is economically feasible with existing technology. You can read a news story on the research here, and you can find your state plan on http://thesolutionsproject.org/
Increased accessibility to the wind and solar market have spurred installation and expanded operations of renewable energy companies worldwide. In 2014, 7.7 million people were employed in the renewable industry; an 18 percent increase from the previous year. The number of women in the field increased by 11,000 as well during that time. You can read more about the new report here: http://www.pv-tech.org/news/jobs_in_renewable_energy_reach_7.7_million_worldwide
Faced with high energy costs, residents of Alaska’s Kodiak Island–population 15,000–have surpassed their goal of 95 percent renewable by 2020 by reaching 99.7 percent renewables this year. The island used a combined system of wind and hydro power to eliminate diesel from their energy diet, and the result has produced lower energy prices, along with increased jobs and tax revenue. You can read more about the case study here: http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2015_05_19_an_alaskan_island_goes_one_hundred_percent_renewable
Energy managers in Vermont are capitalizing on an abundance of cow manure to provide electricity for 2,500 customers. The process, called anaerobic digestion, involves microbes breaking down manure in an oxygenless environment to release methane that can be used as an energy source. Proponents add that this process reduces odor and can keep the lights running 24 hours a day regardless of wind or sunlight. You can read more about the development of this emerging energy source here: http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060018678
5. CA Senate Passes Ambitious Renewables Legislation
The California Senate has passed a set of bills to establish new targets for renewable energy, reduce gasoline usage and increase energy efficiency in buildings. Among the goals is a plan to generate 50 percent of electricity from renewable energy by 2050. The bills are currently moving through the Assembly, but already has support from the Governor. You can read more about the legislation here: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-california-climate-change-legislation-20150603-story.html