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Clean contracts will support renewable energy developers and the growth of power from clean energy resources. The feed-in rates combined with clean contracts have features of transparency, longevity, and certainty. By adapting feed-in tariffs, It can add consumer protections, local ownership, and grow the local economy. The report also lists examples of different state that apply feed-in rates.
Key elements of feed-in rates and CLEAN contracts include cost-based, standardized contracts that are long term, which allows developers to secure project financing. Incentives for local ownership, hiring of local workers, and use of locally made products can help ensure that these approaches help grow the local economy.
In December of 2015, 195 countries convened in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. To the surprise and delight of most of the participants, the conference ended in consensus among all the participants on a document, the Paris Agreement, that will be opened for signature on April 22, 2016. The Paris Agreement contains specific requirements for monitoring, reporting and verification; those were authorized when the Senate ratified the original climate treaty in 1992. Beyond that, however, it is mostly aspirational. It has many declarations of intent and ambition, and it establishes procedures for future actions to achieve those ambitions. It does not on its face have binding, country-specific commitments to reduce emissions or provide financing. This was no accident; the U.S insisted that such commitments be left out, lest the agreement require Senate ratification, which would be impossible in the current political climate. The Paris Agreement nonetheless has significant legal and operational ramifications for many U.S. businesses. Those are the subject of this column.
The report lays out the Apollo Alliance's four-part plan: invest in renewable power, create high-performance buildings, drive toward energy independence, build high-performance cities.
In the face of climate change crisis, it is urgent for policymakers at state, local, and city level to make transition to clean and renewable energy. However, the construction of renewable projects is usually capital-intensive and requires bank’s upfront investment. Green banks help these green projects by managing and investing public capital based on following principles: supporting small projects, de-risking new technologies, and reducing perceived risks. Existing green banks have already proven that their public investment can catalyze private co-investment, and these projects earn economic benefits for private investors and consumers. The green banks could be further empowered by the establishment of National Climate Bank.
This report provides a quantitative assessment of the economic impact in the Inland Empire counties of four import climate change policies in the state: cap and trade, the renewables portfolio standards, distributed solar programs, and investor-owned utility. They find these programs have had a net positive impact for these counties.
Although the traditional linear economy brought much prosperity, it has functioned by taking primary resources, turning them into products, and disposing of the waste. In the face of the global climate change crisis, cities need to transit to circular economy. In a city with a circular economy, “reduce-reuse-recycle” will replace “take-make-dispose”. Five areas are central to circular economies: citizen engagement, waste as a resource, Circular design and planning models, New models of procurement, Circular economy incubators and start-up ecosystems. It is also important for city leaders to work with private sector to secure the funds for circular program. Urban mobility will be carbon-neutral, relying on low- to zero-emission vehicles within a broader energy network powered by renewables. Cities and businesses will also generate savings from using recycled building materials and turning waste into fuel to power buses.
As cities look for solutions to help meet their increasingly aggressive clean energy targets and support their local economies, community solar is a growing opportunity. Community Solar is the distributed solar projects shared virtually by a number of subscribers in a community, typically through on-bill credits. For cities, community solar is a way to vastly increase the amount of locally generated renewable energy, along with associated benefits of local jobs, property tax revenue, and local community investment.
This report evaluates the impact and job quality of the green jobs created in the construction industry as a result of California's commitment in increasing the State's usage of renewable energy.
This report evaluates the degree to which underrepresented and disadvantaged workers have gained access to career-track jobs in the construction of renewable energy power plants through California's energy programs.