NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, July 30: Dems To Debate Climate Crisis Sept.4 On CNN; Rooftop Solar Expansion Continues

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    Tuesday, July 30, 2019

    QUICK NEWS, July 30: Dems To Debate Climate Crisis Sept.4 On CNN; Rooftop Solar Expansion Continues

    Dems To Debate Climate Crisis Sept.4 On CNN CNN to host climate crisis town hall with 2020 Democratic candidates Kyle Blaine, July 25, 2019 (CNN)

    “…[Breaking the pattern of major media ignoring climate crisis issues, CNN will host a Democratic presidential town hall in September focused on the climate crisis… on Wednesday, September 4, in New York City. CNN is inviting candidates who meet the Democratic National Committee's polling threshold for the September primary debate to participate, meaning they've reached at least 2% in four approved polls by August 28...Eight candidates so far have met the polling threshold: former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren…The 2020 Democratic field has been united in promising to combat climate change…

    …[Many Democratic candidates have] policy proposals to address the threat posed by a warming planet. President Donald Trump has pledged to leave the Paris climate accord and has said he does not believe government reports that cast grave warnings about the effects of climate change…The most prominent proposal put forth by Democrats and backed by multiple presidential candidates has been the Green New Deal, the renewable-energy infrastructure investment plan proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York…[The climate town hall will follow CNN’s established format] in which Democratic candidates appeared back-to-back across the course of the evening…” click here for more

    Rooftop Solar Expansion Continues Of New Power Generation, How Much is on the Roof? Quarterly Update — 2019 Q1

    Marie Donahue, 24 June 2019 (Institute for Local Self Reliance)

    “The first quarter of 2019 saw renewable resources claim a majority share of new power generation for the second quarter in a row and for eight of the past 12 quarters…Overall, total power capacity clocked in at nearly 7 gigawatts of new generation added during this period — the largest amount of new capacity in any first quarter in recent years…[N]ew capacity from fracked gas plants dropped by more than 50 percent compared to the last quarter of 2018 (2.9 gigawatts from 6.5 gigawatts)…

    “…[Its share of total generation declined] by four percentage points…[T]he share of solar from small-scale, distributed power — residential and commercial installation of photovoltaic arrays — continues to see steady growth and has kept pace with growth in larger, utility-scale solar in the first quarter of 2019…[T]he share of small-scale solar gained five percentage points compared to the last quarter of 2018. For the sixth consecutive quarter, small-scale solar added more than 850 megawatts of new capacity nationally…” click here for more

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