Puerto Rico, Taking Part in the Solar Tsunami
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After Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico’s power grid and causing longest blackout in U.S. history, it is both wise and realistic that the lawmakers on the island territory is introducing a clean energy bill that would commit Puerto Rico to getting 100% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2050. The bill calls for 20% renewable electricity by 2025, 50% by 2040, and 100% by 2050. California recently passed a similar bill, with a goal of 100% renewables by 2045. Hawaii passed a similar law in 2015, and this June, added another law with the goal of becoming fully carbon neutral.
Environmental advocates praise the long term target of the proposed legislation, but they are raising concerns about its emphasis on establishing privately owned natural gas power generation in the short-term, and public utility’s ability to meet the renewable energy goal.
Solar energy is the world’s cheapest and fastest-growing power source, but its rise is in danger of stalling, risking catastrophic climate change. Energy expert Varun Sivaram argues that realizing solar’s potential will require innovation—creative financing, revolutionary technologies, and flexible energy systems. Dr. Sivaram is the Philip D. Reed Fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the book, “Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet” (MIT Press, 2018), which the Financial Times called “the best available overview of the solar industry and a roadmap for how to achieve that brighter future.” Dr. Sivaram is also a Professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches “Clean Energy Innovation”, in the video “We’re doomed if solar energy stalls-here’s how to keep it rising, Varun Sivaram” below:
The Solar Revolution will change the world as computers have. In the video “How Solar Power Will Empower the World” below:
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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