Within a decade, it is possible (likely?) that more than half of the electricity generated in the U.S. will come from renewable resources supported by energy storage. Seeing this carrot dangling in the distance, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), National Hydropower Association (NHA), and Energy Storage Association (ESA) have agreed to actively collaborate across their industry segments to achieve this target.
The four industries have released a set of joint advocacy principles that will enable them to realize this bold vision of a majority renewables grid. Along with increased collaboration, these shared principles include building a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable grid; achieving carbon reductions; and advancing greater competition through fair market rules. Each of these areas is critical to attaining the shared vision for 2030.
“These principles are just another step toward realizing our vision for a Solar+ Decade,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. “In the face of this dreadful pandemic, our nation must chart a path forward that puts a premium on innovation, jobs recovery and a smarter approach to energy generation. The right policies will make a growing American economy fueled by clean energy a reality for all Americans.”
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The leaders of the four industry associations gathered this week to announce the shared vision during the first CLEANPOWER annual conference for businesses across the renewable and clean energy spectrum.
“Market opportunities for projects that include a mix of technologies have opened up that didn’t exist even a few years ago,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. “And demand is growing for integrated renewable energy options. Individually and cooperatively, these sectors will continue growing to meet that demand and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs to strengthen economies from coast to coast, building a better, cleaner tomorrow.”
“Today, hydropower and pumped storage are force multipliers that provide the grid with the flexibility needed to integrate other renewables onto the grid,” said Malcolm Woolf, President and CEO of the National Hydropower Association. “By adding new generation onto existing non-powered dams and developing 15 GW of new pumped storage hydropower capacity, we can help accelerate the development of a clean energy electricity grid.”
— Solar Builder magazine