• 3 hours TikTok Is Becoming A New Battleground For Tech Politics
  • 8 hours Peru's Mining Industry Pummeled As Coronavirus Cases Surge
  • 10 hours Why The World Is So Divided In Its COVID-19 Response
  • 1 day Equities Cheer Stellar Jobs Report, But It May Be Fleeting
  • 2 days Is Tech Billionaire Peter Thiel Done With Trump?
  • 2 days Musk Takes To Twitter To Troll The SEC
  • 3 days Lunar Mining May Commence As Early As 2025
  • 4 days Immigration Will Go Bust Without $1.2B Bailout
  • 4 days The Economics Of The Space Race
  • 5 days Why The World's Central Banks Aren't Yet Sold On Renewables
  • 6 days How Much More Cash Can Uber Burn?
  • 6 days Inside The Biggest Counterfeit Gold Scandal In Recent History
  • 6 days EU-U.S. Trade Relations Are Deteriorating
  • 7 days Over 184 Companies Have Bailed On Facebook
  • 7 days BP Sells Petrochemical Business For $5 Billion
  • 7 days U.S. Moves To Secure Domestic Rare Earth Supply
  • 8 days E-Commerce Explodes As Boomers Go Digital
  • 8 days Major U.S. Cities Are Turning To Renewables
  • 9 days Economic Reopening Backfires, COVID Surge Snaps Recovery
  • 9 days How Are Low Car Sales Impacting The Metals Market?
COVID-19 Could Be The End Of U.S. Coal

COVID-19 Could Be The End Of U.S. Coal

The fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic may…

Short Sellers Are Piling Into Oil

Short Sellers Are Piling Into Oil

Short sellers have added more…

Oilprice.com

Oilprice.com

Writer, OilPrice.com

Information/Articles and Prices on a wide range of commodities: We have assembled a team of experienced writers to provide you with information on Crude Oil,…

Contact Author

  1. Home
  2. Commodities
  3. Energy

Major U.S. Cities Are Turning To Renewables

Renewables

U.S. cities and counties have signed procurement deals for nearly 8.3 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy since 2015, the new Local Government Renewables Action Tracker resource showed on Wednesday.

The new resource, launched by the American Cities Climate Challenge Renewables Accelerator, showed that local governments across the United States signed a total of 335 deals to procure 8.28 GW of renewable energy over the last five years, which is more than the total energy generation capacity of Alaska, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Vermont combined, World Resources Institute said in a statement today.

According to the tracker, last year was the best year so far in terms of capacity, with 2.63 GW of deals announced. Since 2015, the largest number of deals that cities and counties have announced were for off-site physical power purchase agreements (PPAs), with 131 in total, followed by 116 deals for community solar power, and on-site solar with 74 transactions. Texas and California were home to the biggest capacity deals of local governments, according to the tracker.  

“Local communities are using their buying power and collective voice to accelerate the transition to renewables—a trend that is quickly spreading in communities across the country,” said Lori Bird, U.S. energy director at World Resources Institute.

Even Houston, Texas, the ‘oil capital’ of the United States, is a large buyer of renewable energy. Related: Singapore's $3 Billion Oil Trading Scandal

According to the 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard, compiled by the nonprofit organization American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) which ranks 75 large U.S. cities, Boston ranked first, followed by San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, Washington DC, New York City, Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, and Portland.

Despite the ramping up of clean energy efforts, notably with stricter energy-saving rules for buildings, only a few U.S. cities appear on track to meet their community-wide climate goals, the Scorecard showed.

“Cities are making impressive clean energy gains—taking big steps to waste less energy and encourage more renewable power. But they have more to do,” said ACEEE senior research manager and lead report author David Ribeiro.  

By Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Safehaven.com:

Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment