Renewable Energy Debate

March 15, 2019 – Volume 29, Issue 11
Can alternative sources replace fossil fuels? By Matt Mossman

The Next Step

Climate Change

Becker, Rachel , “Even in a warmer Europe, wind and solar could still keep the lights on,” The Verge, March 6, 2019, https://tinyurl.com/yxz5mn94. European researchers say power grids that rely on renewable energy in the future should be able to withstand less extreme weather shifts related to climate change.

Elbein, Saul , “Europe's renewable energy policy is built on burning American trees,” Vox, March 4, 2019, https://tinyurl.com/y54s45x3. Europe burns wood as a “biomass” fuel, which technically qualifies as a renewable energy source, but some scientists say the practice adds more carbon into the atmosphere and worsens the effects of climate change.

Company Efforts

Frangoul, Anmar , “Facebook just made a huge commitment on renewable energy,” CNBC, Aug. 29, 2018, https://tinyurl.com/yd7klfeh. Facebook has pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent and use 100 percent renewable energy to power its global operations by the end of 2020.

Kelleher, Kevin , “Apple Is Leading a Plan to Develop Wind and Solar Power With Akamai, Etsy and Other Companies,” Fortune, Aug. 6, 2018, https://tinyurl.com/yy7zz5ma. Apple has developed wind and solar energy farms in Illinois and Virginia to help power thousands of homes and provide renewable energy to other companies.

Russo, Donovan , “Google is building a solar power project above fishing ponds in Taiwan, its first in Asia,” CNBC, Feb. 17, 2019, https://tinyurl.com/yxem4sfe. A solar-panel “canopy” project in Taiwan is the latest of more than 30 other solar and wind energy projects to which Google has committed since 2010.

State Actions

Jones, Natalie , “Maryland legislators push for increase in renewable energy, jobs,” The Baltimore Sun, March 5, 2019, https://tinyurl.com/y5obxlqq. Maryland is considering legislation that would commit the state to obtaining at least half its energy from renewables by 2030 and a plan to increase that to 100 percent by 2040.

Magill, Bobby , “Hawaii ‘Postcard From the Future’ for Renewables,” Bloomberg, Feb. 19, 2019, https://tinyurl.com/y45qeu7r. Hawaii's endeavors in renewable energy make it a prime example for other states on how to successfully integrate wind, solar and other renewable sources into existing power grids, a business reporter says.

Pyper, Julia , “New Illinois Bill Targets 100% Renewable — Not Just Clean — Electricity by 2050,” Green Tech Media, March 4, 2019, https://tinyurl.com/y49tfyup. Illinois state lawmakers are considering legislation that would end the state's reliance on nuclear power and make it second only to Hawaii in pursuing a plan to obtain all energy from renewables.

Trump Administration

Cama, Timothy , “Trump administration opens door for California offshore wind farms,” The Hill, Oct. 18, 2018, https://tinyurl.com/y7jkaorg. The Interior Department took initial steps last year to explore the viability of building wind energy farms in waters off California.

Ellsmoor, James , “Under Trump's Tariffs, The US Lost 20,000 Solar Energy Jobs,” Forbes, Feb. 24, 2019, https://tinyurl.com/y5bfpk32. President Trump's 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels has dealt the U.S. solar industry a serious blow in the past year, says a solar energy entrepreneur.

Natter, Ari , “Trump Again Seeks Deep Cuts in Renewable Energy Funding,” Bloomberg, March 7, 2019, https://tinyurl.com/y2verhca. A U.S. Energy Department official says President Trump's fiscal 2020 budget will propose a 70 percent cut in the department's spending on renewable energy programs.

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