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The U.S. clean energy industry installed 5,620 MW of clean power capacity in the second quarter of 2021—a record for second quarter installations. Additions in the first half of the year total 9,915 MW, supplanting 2020 as the most active first six months for installations.
Our Clean Power Quarterly provides a snapshot view of the latest U.S. utility wind, solar, and battery storage industry activity and trends. The report includes second quarter installations, projects under construction and in advanced development, new power purchase agreements, OEM market share, project acquisition activity, offshore wind energy activity, and more.…View Full Resource
Driven by the unforeseeable impact of last year’s pandemic and resulting economic crisis, California experienced its first decline in clean energy jobs in 2020 since E2 began tracking such occupations. California’s clean energy economy employed about 480,000 Californians at the end of 2020, down from 537,000 the year before.
However, since the sector’s losses peaked at the end of May 2020, jobs grew back by more than 13 percent compared to less than 6 percent in statewide economy overall. In fact, by the end of 2020 more than half of the clean energy jobs lost between March and May had …View Full Resource
Enacted in January 2021, the Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation (STORM) Act authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish hazard mitigation revolving loan funds to provide needed and sustainable funding for hazard mitigation projects (see Appendix 2). The program will provide capitalization grants to state agencies responsible for emergency management to establish revolving loan funds for projects designed to reduce risks from disaster, natural hazards, and other related environmental harm in addition to other support through direct project grants and technical assistance. This program is modeled after the highly successful Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving …View Full Resource
The immediate need for action on climate change has been made clear in the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Limiting the rise in global temperatures would help avoid future catastrophic changes, but the path to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is narrowing. Without immediate and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, this warming goal will be beyond reach.
President Biden’s goal to achieve a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, in conjunction with a proposal for historic investments in U.S. infrastructure, are critical steps toward combatting the climate …View Full Resource
Central banks could play a critical role in catalyzing the rapid shift of financial flows away from oil, fossil gas, and coal. However, to date, central banks have instead tinkered at the edges.
With a few isolated exceptions – such as decisions by the French and Swiss central banks to partially exclude coal from their asset portfolios – central bank activity on carbon pollution and the climate crisis has been limited primarily to measures to increase financial market transparency.
While some central bank executives claim that tackling the climate crisis is beyond their mandates, at the same time …View Full Resource
Most analyses find that to manage climate change, the United States will need to double or triple the size of its electric transmission system to move low-cost wind and solar energy around the nation and back it up with always-on power plants. But new report from Clean Air Task Force and the Niskanen Center finds that the current piecemeal, project-by-project approach to expanding U.S. electricity transmission won’t get us there. It instead calls for a new system to rapidly scale capacity — including by potentially establishing a National Transmission Organization that would plan, site, and fund a national grid to… View Full Resource
On January 27, 2021, President Joe Biden issued Executive Order (E.O.) 14008, directing multiple administrative actions to address climate change. Section 208 of the order directed the Secretary of the Interior to “pause new oil and natural gas leases on public lands or in offshore waters pending completion of a comprehensive review and reconsideration of Federal oil and gas permitting and leasing practices, …” to the extent that such actions are “consistent with applicable law.” The E.O.stated that the review must evaluate “potential climate and other impacts” associated with oil and gas …View Full Resource
Pecan Street’s new analysis explores the opportunities for policymakers and utilities to remove a significant barrier to residential electrification. By incentivizing electric service panel upgrades for existing homes and requiring larger capacity panels for new construction, we can clear the path for full residential electrification. This is also a critical opportunity to ensure a just energy transition by creating sliding incentives based on household income levels.
The whitepaper, Addressing an Electrification Roadblock: Residential Electric Panel Capacity, takes a closer look at how the existing electric panel capacity in most homes could be a roadblock to electrification unless panel sizing is …View Full Resource
Largely excluded from emissions inventories and often unreported to state and local authorities, New York City’s vast and poorly documented fleet of backup diesel generators makes our air dirty, contributes to climate change, and is disproportionately sited in our most vulnerable communities. Diesel generators, or diesel generating sets, consist of a diesel engine and an electric generator that produce electricity. Emergency, or backup, diesel generators are used to supply electricity when power from the grid is unavailable during a power outage or other service disruption. Reliable backup power is important to electric customers—especially hospitals, fire stations, and …View Full Resource
Largely excluded from emissions inventories and often unreported to state and local authorities, Massachusetts’ vast and poorly documented fleet of backup diesel generators makes our air dirty, contributes to climate change, and is disproportionately sited in our most vulnerable communities. Diesel generators, or diesel generating sets, consist of a diesel engine and an electric generator that produce electricity. Emergency, or backup, diesel generators are used to supply electricity when power from the grid is unavailable during a power outage or other service disruption. Reliable backup power is important to electric customers—especially hospitals, fire stations, and other essential …View Full Resource