July 9, 2018

Conservatives in Michigan, solar developers in Texas, and legislators in California all agree — renewable energy is the way!

Study: Renewable energy could impact state economy by more than $10 billion

Clean energy could have a huge effect on Michigan’s economy. A new study from the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum shows that reaching 30% renewable energy by the year 2027 would have an economic impact of $10.3 billion and create thousands of new jobs. The Energy Forum is a group of conservative political and business leaders who support renewable energy “because it lowers energy costs for everyone, creates jobs, and is better for public health.”

As Michigan transitions to clean energy, justice is key. To support communities in Michigan working to build a just and equitable energy system for all, visit Souladarity.

In West Texas, A Giant Battery Could Make Renewable Energy More Viable

A renewable energy company bought the rights to develop the largest solar farm in Texas, and now it’s figuring out how to store all that low-cost clean solar energy. The company is modeling its plans after Elon Musk’s massive battery-powered system in Australia. Once developed, the battery will be able to store enough solar energy to “power a couple thousand homes for about four hours.”

To support strategic coordination among organizations in the southeastern US to secure fair, just, and science-based climate and energy policies, check out Southeast Climate & Energy Network (SCEN).

California 100% renewable energy bill heads to Assembly

After a false start in its last session, California’s state Assembly has a new 100% energy bill on the table. The measure, which would set California on a path to 100% renewables and “zero-carbon” sources in electricity by 2045, has passed committee following a groundswell of support. If passed by the Assembly, California will become the second state to set a 100% mandate, after Hawaii, which also has a timeline of 2045 to reach this target.

Even as states move toward cleaner energy, 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.