The first renewable energy State Mandates were first adopted in 1983. Nearly thirty years later, there are 30 States with renewable mandates. New States are adding mandates and existing mandates are becoming stricter every year. There is also a possibility that a federal mandate will be passed. Evidence is all around us that costs are falling, good jobs are being created, public interest is growing, and demand for renewable energy is accelerating. It’s a great time to get involved in support of clean, renewable energy!
NRDC: Typical wind farm supports nearly 1,100 jobs Each major wind farm in America creates nearly 1,100 jobs and can add tens of millions of dollars in new taxes and other benefits to the communities where they’re located, according to two new reports from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). SPI Report: Bill Clinton Talks Solar Sense By Seth Masia on September 12, 2012 Former President Bill Clinton, addressing several thousand attendees at Solar Power International on Wednesday, promised that renewable energy will win its battle for acceptance and broad installation. “The only question is when, where, and how,” he said. “Most Americans don’t know that the solar industry employs more than 100,000 people – more than the coal industry,” Clinton said. “They don’t know that renewable energy sustained an eight percent growth rate through the worst years of the recession. . . . and they don’t know that the United States pays $22 in subsidies to oil, coal and nuclear power for every $1 invested in renewable energy. . . An enormous number of people don’t know that solar is affordable now, and there’s still a lot of underbrush to clear to get it installed.” California PUC: Renewable energy procurement up in 2011, costs falling In a report to the state legislature released Feb. 3, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) said that in 2011, the state recorded its largest increase in renewable generation since the beginning of its ambitious Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), and that the cost of electricity from new renewable energy projects is dropping.