The actions of the Trump administration are hindering the US from becoming a global leader in clean energy production, writes former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner. "It would be a mistake to cede our leadership and technological edge to countries like China when the future of our economy and climate is at stake," she writes.
States and cities have the ability to advance renewable energy agendas and other clean energy policies that will help the US curb its carbon emissions regardless of the federal government's actions, writes Basav Sen, director of the Climate Justice Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. "Expanding renewable energy helps reduce carbon pollution and makes the energy system more just," he writes.
Enel Green Power North America has begun operations at the 150-megawatt, $220 million Lindahl project in North Dakota, owned by EGPNA Renewable Energy Partners, a joint venture with GE Energy Financial Services, said Enel. "We are proud to be a part of growing North Dakota's energy economy and look forward to contributing our expertise and clean energy to the sustainable development of the local community," said CEO Rafael Gonzalez.
Pattern Development has sold the two phases of the 141-turbine, 324-megawatt Broadview wind farm and corresponding 35-mile Western Interconnection transmission line in New Mexico to Pattern Energy, said the companies. "This extraordinary project brings inexpensive renewable power from eastern New Mexico, one of the highest wind areas in the West, using dedicated transmission capacity from several transmission systems into California," Pattern Energy President and CEO Mike Garland said.
Apex Clean Energy has launched a hybrid wind and solar project in Killeen, Texas, that is expected to provide more than 50% of the US Army's Fort Hood's total electricity needs, said the company. It added that the complex comprises the 50.4-megawatt Cotton Plains and 151.2-MW Old Settler wind farms, plus the 15.4-MW Phantom Solar project.
PJM Interconnection, a grid operator that works in 13 states, has passed a new rule that requires utilities on its grid to source some of their generation from wind year-round -- not just in the winter months, according to the company. PJM, which has plans to hold an energy auction next month, expects that the requirement may result in an uptick in wind projects, said Senior Vice President of Operations and Markets Stu Bresler.
Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., have introduced a bill that would require the US to source 100% of its electricity from clean energy and renewables by 2050. "[President] Donald Trump is wrong about a lot of things, but there is no area where he is more wrong than on the issue of climate change," said Sanders.
Phil Murphy, a candidate competing against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the state's upcoming gubernatorial election, has introduced a plan to reform the state's electrical grid. Murphy said that he plans to prioritize wind and solar development, set a goal for the state to source 100% of its total electricity from clean energy sources by 2050 and update its electrical grid, among other things.
Americans can urge the federal government to prioritize climate action and curb greenhouse gas emissions by joining in the People's Climate March in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, writes Ken Berlin, president and CEO of the Climate Reality Project. "[C]lean energy such as wind and solar is already cost-competitive with or even cheaper than fossil fuels in many places," he writes, adding that many cities and major companies such as General Electric and Wal-Mart are already committed to renewables as a way to curb emissions.
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