North Carolina’s economic leaders, and some politicians, know the next fourteen years are crucial. This is already America’s #3 solar state, with 1.93 GW of installed capacity.1 The area surrounding Raleigh has earned the nickname “Silicon Valley of smart grid.“This state is making impressive strides with their intelligent and high performance buildings, bioenergy, and wind energy. Yet Government has not taken a comprehensive look at its’ energy economy and energy policies for about a decade. So this year’s North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) conference focuses on how North Carolina will make energy work by 2030. Continue reading How North Carolina Will Make Energy Work By 2030→
Some think of Ivanpah as a renewable milestone. Mojave elder Reverend Ron Van Fleet finds it an obstacle to performing rituals at a sacred site within the solar plant’s enclosure. The residents of Boulevard were more successful fighting against encroaching industrial scale wind and solar plants. Environmentalists are concerned about the negative impacts sites have on threatened species like the desert tortoise, . These are the kind of problems that led to the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). Only now an industry coalition opposes DRECP limitations to renewable growth.
The negative impacts of climate change are already upon us, but there alternatives to the energy sources that caused them. In the space of 94 minutes, Peter Sircom Bromley’s documentary attempts to give a comprehensive overview of pathways to becoming a “No Carbon Nation.”
Canada is at a crossroads. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr suggests our reliance on fossil fuels will soon be a memory. The future lies with renewables. There are numerous challenges to be overcome. Yet the latest instalment of Tracking the Energy Revolution states this is a pivotal time in Canada’s clean energy transition.