While California continues its push for environmental justice, renewable energy job growth is soaring in Minnesota and corporate clean energy purchases have shot through the roof!
A new report published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance reveals that corporate procurement levels have shot up, with companies purchasing 7.2GW worth of clean energy so far in 2018. This figure beats 2017’s year-end total, and we’re only halfway through the year. The largest purchasers this year are Facebook, AT&T, Norwegian aluminium manufacturer Norsk Hydro, and US aluminium manufacturer Alcoa.
Corporate power purchase agreements allow companies to offset their carbon emissions and curb climate change. To learn more about work to build power and cohesion around climate change solutions, visit Miami Climate Alliance.
The clean energy sector is outpacing overall job growth in Minnesota, with 59,079 people currently employed in energy efficiency and renewable energy jobs. The job growth rate in renewable energy is higher in Minnesota than any other state in the Midwest largely due to the rise of solar jobs which are bolstered by a state law that incentivizes community solar.
To learn more about the movement in the Midwest to create people-powered clean energy and green jobs, visit Soulardarity in Detroit, Michigan.
The Executive Director of grantee California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) highlights the benefits of a new bill in the California Legislature that could “help prevent low-income communities of color from continuing to sacrifice their health for the greater good”. The bill, SB64, would enhance pollution monitoring from fossil fuel plants and “require state agencies to work together to identify ways to reduce global warming and air pollution emissions, placing a priority on reducing emissions in communities most impacted by air pollution.”