QUICK NEWS, July 24: State Renewables Standards Work; Zero Hour – The Climate Change Fight Turning
Zero Hour – The Climate Change Fight Turning Youth Climate Change Activists Marched on Washington, D.C.; “We don’t have any time to wait."
Kristen Doerer, July 22. 2018 (Teen Vogue)
“…Hundreds of young people from across the nation gathered on the national mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, July 21, for the protest planned by the environmental youth group Zero Hour…The march was the last in a three-day string of events in Washington, D.C…[that included] a lobby day and a Youth Climate Art Festival…The band Dispatch performed under umbrellas before a D.C. inter-tribal drum group. Then, a coalition of youth from Standing Rock addressed the crowd…When 7-year-old Havana Edwards stepped onto a stage, the D.C. activist known as ‘the tiny diplomat’ spoke about her experience traveling the world with her family, and seeing how climate change and education affect other youth…[Hundreds of protesters held signs, parachutes, and banners, many dressed in raincoats or ponchos, unfazed by the rain. At the front of the march was the coalition that protested the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock.
…As one of Zero Hour’s founding members from New Jersey, [Madeline Tew, 15,] spent over a year planning the march, and says that she knows a lot of people who have been displaced by Hurricanes Sandy and Irene…Another core Zero Hour organizer, 20-year-old Kibiriti Majuto of Charlottesville, Virginia, said that it’s time to stand up to corporate power…Yelling into a megaphone, Kibiriti [led the chant “Corporate crime scene!”] as the group approached the Supreme Court…By the time activists marched down East Capitol Street and arrived in Lincoln Park, some had given up on their raincoats and simply enjoyed the rain…[T]he crowd, energized and ready for change, was slow to disperse.” click here for more
State Renewables Standards Work States boost renewable energy and development when utilities adopt renewable standards
July 23, 2018 (TechXplore via Indiana University)
“States that require utilities to increase renewable energy see expansion of renewable energy facilities and generation—including wind and other renewable sources, but especially solar...[The “standards”] require utilities to increase the percentage of energy they sell from renewable sources by a specified amount and date… Most states have adopted such standards, except those in the Southeast and parts of the Great Plains and Interior West, where fossil fuel prices are low…[Iowa, Nevada,] and Massachusetts were the first to adopt a renewable portfolio standard in the 1990s, and Hawaii's is considered the most stringent, a pivotal measuring stick…[Also called “renewable mandates,” they] drive renewable energy development across the U.S…
The design of the policy, however, is of fundamental importance [according to "Empirical evaluation of the stringency and design of renewable portfolio standards," the stronger the mandate, the more renewables a state develops…Other important design features include frequent planning processes and regulations that are mandatory rather than voluntary…States that allow utilities to count non-renewable energy, such as "clean coal" or other fossil fuels, to satisfy renewable mandates will develop significantly less renewables, particularly less solar energy…” click here for more