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California has more solar capacity than any other state. California also generates the most geothermal electricity.

As the U.S. experiences more power outages, states are modernizing aging power grids with more sustainable alternatives. According to the Clean State Energy Alliance, 23 states currently have legislation that mandates cleaner energy. And with these shifts in infrastructure come business opportunities and reduced pollution.

To find where clean electricity is most prevalent – and to identify areas for potential upside – SmartAsset compared the amount of solar, wind, geothermal and nuclear operations as a percentage of a state’s entire electricity production capacity.

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Two solar cycle paths came online in the Netherlands, and they’re the country’s first to have 1,000 square meters of solar surface area each.

Two solar cycle paths came online in the Netherlands, and they’re the country’s first to have 1,000 square meters (10,764 square feet) of solar surface area each.

Colas Group company Wattway and Dutch construction company BAM Royal Group installed the solar cycle paths in the North Holland and North Brabant provinces. Wattway makes solar road surfaces that produce clean electricity while bearing vehicle traffic.

Wattway, which claims to be the world’s first solar road surfacing company, has been running around 40 trial sites in multiple countries since its founding in 2015. As a result, it’s been making improvements to its solar roads.

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Source: electrek

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Of 131 million US households, about 4.5 million have added rooftop solar. 2023 set a record with more than 1 million EVs sold in the US.

When Jim Selgo moved to his home in Goodyear, Arizona in 2019, he quickly had rooftop solar installed, having had a positive experience with solar at his previous home.

Less than a year later, motivated to take more action to address climate change, he said, Selgo bought his first electric vehicle, a Nissan Leaf. He hasn’t paid for electricity or gasoline since.

With solar, “You take advantage of what you’re producing at your own house,” he said. “Adding an EV just increases your savings and adds to the value of the whole project.”

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Source: US News

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Six advocacy groups have challenged California's process to evaluate pathways to 100% clean electricity by 2045

Six advocacy groups have challenged California’s process to evaluate pathways to 100% clean electricity by 2045 for failing to maximize cost-effective front-of-the-meter distributed generation.

The groups propose an approach they call the “Max DG Pathway,” which would maximize cost-effective solar on the built environment, including warehouses, shopping malls, schools, parking lots, irrigation canals and highway rights-of-way. They have said that several studies have evaluated the technical potential to deploy solar on such sites.

The groups backing the proposal include The Climate Center, Center for Biological Diversity, Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition, and Vote Solar. They submitted comments to three state agencies that are evaluating pathways to achieve the state’s clean electricity goal.

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Source: PV Magazine

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The Energy Department announced Friday a $325M investment in new battery types that can help turn solar and wind energy into 24-hour power.

The Energy Department has announced a $325 million investment in new battery types that can help turn solar and wind energy into 24-hour power.

The funds will be distributed among 15 projects in 17 states and the Red Lake Nation, a Native American tribe based in Minnesota.

Batteries are increasingly being used to store surplus renewable energy so that it can be used later, during times when there is no sunlight or wind. The department says the projects will protect more communities from blackouts and make energy more reliable and affordable.

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Data from the CEC highlight California’s continued progress toward building a more resilient grid, achieving 100% clean electricity and meeting the state’s carbon neutrality goals.

Data from the California Energy Commission (CEC) highlight California’s continued progress toward building a more resilient grid, achieving 100% clean electricity and meeting the state’s carbon neutrality goals.

Analysis of the state’s Total System Electric Generation report shows how California’s power mix has changed over the last decade. Since 2012:

  • Solar generation increased nearly twentyfold from 2,609 gigawatt-hours (GWh) to 48,950 GWh.
  • Wind generation grew by 63%.
  • Natural gas generation decreased 20%.
  • Coal has been nearly phased out of the power mix.

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Source: Solar Power World

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For the first time in US history, US-made wind and solar components are now cheaper than imports, according to a new study.

Dartmouth and Princeton researchers just released a study called, “Effects of Renewable Energy Provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act on Technology Costs, Materials Demand, and Labor” that was funded by the BlueGreen Alliance, which unites labor unions and environmental organizations.

The report examines the estimated impacts the Inflation Reduction Act will have on the US wind and solar industries. Specifically, the report analyzes the impacts of the Inflation Reduction Act’s 45X Advanced Manufacturing Production Tax Credit (45X MPTC), as well as the clean electricity production and investment tax credits.

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A bill in the CA State Legislature that would start a fully integrated western electricity grid will be heard in the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee

The fragmented balancing of electricity delivery throughout western states may get one step closer to becoming integrated next week. A bill in the California State Legislature that would start the transition toward a fully integrated western electricity grid will be heard in the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy next week. The integration of the western grid would enable California to work with its neighbors to boost renewable energy production, deliver reliable electricity, and reduce the costs of dispatching clean electricity for the entire western region.

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Source: Clean Technica

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Today, the United States is running a natural experiment in electricity generation, with a patchwork of policies and power grids.

If humans escape climate scientists’ gloomiest projections, if we buy ourselves time to adapt to higher seas and fiercer heat waves, we will likely use more electricity than we do now, and we will make it without emitting greenhouse gases.

Today, the United States is running a natural experiment in electricity generation, with a patchwork of policies and power grids. To eliminate electricity’s greenhouse gas emissions, it makes sense to ask: What can we learn from the states that make cleanest power?

The chart below shows how the United States has made electricity for the past twenty years, represented as the percentage of power generated from each fuel source. To show how their relative usage has shifted, the fuels are stacked each year from top to bottom in order of percentage.

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Source: The Washington Post

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Minnesota joins 10 other states with commitments to 100% clean energy. These 11 states account for more than 1/4 of the country’s total electricity consumption.

On Feb. 7, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed a clean energy bill into law that requires the state’s utilities to get 100% of their electricity from carbon-free energy sources by 2040.

Minnesota now joins 10 other states with commitments to 100% clean or renewable energy — several of them driven largely by our advocacy and the support of people like you.

Together, these 11 states account for more than a fourth of our country’s total electricity consumption. These commitments are helping change the energy landscape — we know America could power itself on renewable energy many times over; we know our country today generates three times more clean, renewable electricity than it did in 2012; we know renewable energy adoption continues to exceed expectations, and that solar, wind and other renewable energy sources provided nearly three-quarters of new electrical generating capacity in 2022.

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Source: Environment America

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