May 29, 2018
As clean energy policies in Michigan and Georgia come to fruition, data shows renewable energy is booming despite waning government subsidies.
It’s been a year since a City Council resolution, introduced by Kwanza Hall, committed Atlanta to transitioning to 100% renewable energy. A year later, the Atlanta Office of Resilience has created a plan for the ambitious goal and is taking action to meet this goal. The Atlanta Better Building Challenge is making commercial structures up to 20% more energy efficient, while the city’s partnership with Solarize Atlanta is making rooftop solar panels more affordable.
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Michigan activists are celebrating a big win, as two major state utilities have committed to generating 25% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030, expanding the state’s mandate of 15% by 2021. The utilities have also set goals to reduce emissions and close coal plants.
As utilities make big changes, pollution still disproportionately affects low-income communities of color and recent immigrants. Learn more about how Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice works to change that.
Renewable energy is growing even without government subsidies. “Federal subsidies for renewable energy—including biofuels for transportation use and renewable generation of electricity” dropped 56% from 2013. Despite that, the industry is booming, with new corporate investments and local commitments to 100% renewable energy seemingly every day. Renewable energy is the future, subsidies or no subsidies.