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Consumer Reports Survey Finds Most Americans Want More Renewable Energy

The Trump maladministration wants to choke us all with more emissions from coal-fired generating plants, but a survey of 1200 Americans conducted by GfK for Consumer Reports finds the vast majority of Americans want more renewable energy and less power plant pollution. The survey also reveals that plenty of utilities seem to have a credibility issue with their customers. Consumers Union has submitted the results of the survey to the EPA as part of the public comment process on rolling back the Clean Power Plan that ended October 31.

Proving beyond a reasonable doubt that people are smarter than the politicians they elect, a staggering 81% of respondents agreed that reducing pollution from power plants is a worthwhile goal. The survey included 400 people living in 4 states where coal is the predominant source of electricity — Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia. Their responses were not significantly different than those from people living in other states where coal power is less prevalent.

76% of people surveyed agreed that increasing renewable energy such as solar and wind is a worthwhile goal. 70% said they expect electricity to become cleaner over time. Oddly enough, climate change barely moves the needle for most voters, but renewable energy — which is directly connected to climate change — does. Continue reading “Consumer Reports Survey Finds Most Americans Want More Renewable Energy”

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Alphabet becomes biggest corporate renewable energy buyer in US

Alphabet becomes biggest corporate renewable energy buyer in US Tech group purchases enough green power to match its global needs

Alphabet bought enough renewable energy last year to match the power needs of all its data centres and global operations, making it the biggest corporate buyer of renewable power in the US.

Neha Palmer, head of energy strategy at Google, the search engine subsidiary of Alphabet, said the company’s energy purchase contracts had resulted in more than $3bn of investment in wind and solar farms globally.

“Investing in renewables makes sense for our business,” she said, pointing to the declining costs of wind and solar farms. “These are long-term transactions with fixed prices . . . the prices in some markets are competitive or even lower than conventional power.” Alphabet’s investments come at a time when energy demand from data centres is surging, and tech companies are racing to build out their renewables portfolios to keep pace with growing power demand. Continue reading “Alphabet becomes biggest corporate renewable energy buyer in US”

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Despite Trump, American companies are still investing in renewable energy

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After the election of Donald Trump, many of us in the climate and energy fields were rightfully fearful. What would happen to international agreements to cut greenhouse gases? What would happen to funding for climate research? What would happen to the green energy revolution?

In most instances, Trump is worse than we could have imagined. But in one special area, Trump may not matter. That is in the growth of corporate purchasing of renewable energy. It turns out there are factors that even Trump cannot stop that make choosing renewable energy an easy decision for many companies.

New evidence about the unstoppable renewable energy wave recently came out in a report that was released by Apex Clean Energy and the GreenBiz Group. These groups surveyed corporations to determine their future plans on renewable energy installation and adoption. They wanted to know whether these plans had changed in the past few years and what motivated their decisions to implement renewable energy strategies. The outcome of this survey is available here for people who want to read the entire document.

The groups surveyed 153 major corporations (both public and private), whose combined revenue was in excess of $250 million. Among these companies, 84% are “actively pursuing or considering purchasing renewable energy over the next 5-10 years.” Surprisingly, they found that 43% of the corporations intend to be more aggressive in their pursuit of renewable energy in the next two years. 87% of those actively pursuing renewable energy purchases stated that the election of Trump had no impact on their decision.

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