August 27, 2018
While Texas powers up on clean energy, cities and companies are using their collective purchasing power to buy even more renewable power!
Texas’s identity as a red state may soon be replaced by a new color: the state power grid is going green at an increasing rate. Texas wind capacity is already larger than coal, records for largest solar plants in the state are being signed regularly, and a recent gauntlet was dropped for largest energy storage projects. A report from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas shows that the state has the capacity to generate 86% of its electricity from wind and solar alone.
To support balanced growth and shared prosperity in the South, especially on issues of climate and energy, check out Partnership for Southern Equity.
Apple, Akamai Technologies, Etsy and Swiss Re have leveraged their collective buying power in the largest corporate clean energy buy to date. Ordinarily, Akamai, Etsy, and Swiss Re wouldn’t have been able to take on the risk from such a purchase, but by acting together with Apple, the companies pulled off six power purchase agreements. These will bring 290 megawatts of new renewable energy — enough power to serve 74,000 homes for a year — online by 2019. The power will come from Illinois wind and Virginia solar.
Even as corporate power purchases spur more construction of clean energy, fossil fuel plants are still polluting communities across the nation. Learn more about how Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice works to change that.
Boston is launching a Community Choice Aggregation program that will allow the city to aggregate the buying power of electricity customers to purchase more renewable energy. Through the program, the city may require a greater percentage of renewable energy than the mandatory percentage set by the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), supporting the city’s goal of becoming “carbon neutral and climate ready.”