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Renewables Will Be 80% of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in 2020

, Senior energy analyst

There’s good news in the latest near-term electricity prognostications from the US government: Renewable energy, the projections suggest, will account for 80% of the generating capacity to be installed in the country this year, with both solar and wind looking set to have record years. And that’s all setting us up to pass yet another exciting clean energy milestone, about renewable energy’s contribution to our nation’s electricity supply.

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UCS, based on EIA STEO 01-2020
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Residentes of East Boston protesting Eversource's proposed substation GreenRoots

Open Letter Demands Clean Energy Alternative to Risky Eversource Substation

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En español

This is the fourth of a four-part blog series on East Boston, a Controversial Substation, and Opportunities for a Clean Energy Transition.  

In recent weeks via this blog we have explored a proposal from Boston-area electric utility Eversource to locate a risky high-voltage substation in a densely populated neighborhood in East Boston. We have covered the characteristics of East Boston and the range of environmental justice issues it faces, the community’s concerns around the project, and our own analysis of a local clean energy alternative.

This blog post is aimed at the decision-makers who are tasked with determining the wisdom of allowing the project to proceed, or of requiring more information and a more reality-based exploration of risks and opportunities. Below is an open letter from Juan Ramos, a Union of Concerned Scientists colleague and a resident of East Boston, asking the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) to listen to the people of East Boston; to base their decision on up-to-date, transparent, and sufficient data; and not to approve the current substation proposal from Eversource. Add your name to this open letter! Read more >

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Solar Keeps Getting More Efficient, Less Expensive, and More Resilient

, Senior energy analyst

The latest annual data on US solar energy show how the technology options for residential and commercial customers keep progressing. Here are three important dimensions of that progress: photovoltaic (PV) modules keep getting more efficient, PV system costs keep coming down, and batteries are becoming much more a piece of the solar picture.

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Tracking the Sun 2019
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Tracking the Sun 2019
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Tracking the Sun 2019
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Tracking the Sun 2019
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Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee have proposed a package of clean energy tax incentives that would continue our clean energy momentum and represent a last chance for Congress to do something meaningful on climate change this year.

Proposed Tax Package Is Critical for Clean Energy Momentum and Progress on Climate

, senior energy analyst

The clean energy tax package proposed today by House Ways and Means Committee Democrats is Congress’s best chance to do something meaningful on clean energy and climate change this year. The proposal would provide tax incentives for a host of renewable energy technologies as well as battery storage that is critical to decarbonize our power sector. The package also looks to increase the number of electric vehicles that would qualify for a tax credit, making an important step towards addressing emissions from the transportation sector.

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East Boston, a Controversial Substation and Opportunities Ahead

, energy analyst

En español

This is the second in a four-part blog series on East Boston, a Controversial Substation, and Opportunities for a Clean Energy Transition.  

We live in a world that is facing a climate crisis that is manifesting itself everywhere through record heat, floods, droughts, storms, and wildfires. United Nations scientists have predicted at least three feet of sea level rise by the end of the century, and in the Northeast, sea level increase threatens to happen even quicker. And without looking any further, this year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted for Boston 19 days of high-tide flooding without even including rain or stormy weather.

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ISO New England, 2019 CELT Report (May 1, 2019)
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Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018)
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