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Last week in Phoenix, I watched the very conservative governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, deliver a brief keynote speech to open the second day of the CleanTech Future conference put on by CleanTech Connections and the Arizona Commerce Authority. Nineteen floors above the impressive solar PV arrays at Arizona State University’s downtown campus across the street, Brewer extolled the virtues of solar and other clean energy as a business boon for her state.
The crux of renewable energy isn’t in its retrospective, but rather in its future outlook. Sustainable practices have come a long, long way, but it’s not even a fraction of the distance they’re pegged to travel in order to really reinvent the worldwide energy supply chain. But hey – that’s something to be excited about; the best is yet to come. And here’s a little preview of what you can expect by 2030:
Repealing Renewable Portfolio Standards a Raw Deal for North Carolina
North Carolina has become the central front in a national offensive aimed at rolling back renewable portfolio standards (RPSs), the state laws that require utilities to obtain a certain percentage of the electricity they distribute from technologies that use renewable fuel sources like our rivers, woods, and wind. While RPS adversaries argue that these standards hurt the economy by increasing consumer costs, they ignore the many jobs created by the renewable energy industry as well as the benefits conferred by energy diversification.