This week’s headlines had more of the good stuff and less of the bad: more women in power, more clean energy, and less coal-fired power!

 

Xcel Energy to retire coal plants in Pueblo, add renewable energy resources

The Centennial State is taking another step away from fossil fuels. Colorado’s largest electricity provider, Xcel Energy, plans to retire two coal-fired units by 2025, a decade early, and add five solar farms and three wind farms to its supply.

As utilities build more renewable energy projects, support new solar farms powering the communities they’re built in. Visit Solar United Neighbors to learn more.

2017 Was Another Record-Busting Year for Renewable Energy, but Emissions Still Increased

Renewable energy is breaking its own records. A new report from the Renewable Energy Policy Network of the 21st Century (REN21), a policy organization, showed that renewable energy enjoyed record increases in capacity in 2017. Solar showed 9% growth in overall generating capacity — 55 percent of which came from new solar, and offshore wind grew capacity by 30%.

As energy grows, it’s more important than ever to connect new investment money to benefits for people in low- and moderate-income communities throughout the US. Want to learn more? Check out Neighborhood Funders Group.

 

Women look to close renewable energy’s employment gender gap

The energy sector has historically lacked representation by women, but thanks to the work of activist organizations like (Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), women now make up about one third of wind and solar energy jobs in the US. That figure is up about 12% from where it was 5 years ago.

Check out Solutions Project grantee APEN for a great example of women leadership in the renewable energy movement. Led by activist Miya Yoshitani, APEN is creating a healthy environment where communities can live, work, learn, play, and thrive.