Today in EGEB, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz proposes 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Macron calls for zero carbon emissions in the EU by the same year. Florida Power & Light announces plans for four new solar plants. A climate change data startup raises $23 million. And Jay Inslee slams Trump’s views on wind energy.
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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, a member of the U.S. Climate Alliance, publicly introduced a proposal aiming for 100 percent clean energy electrical generation in the state by 2050. Walz introduced the proposal on Twitter with a short video, calling it the “One Minnesota Path to Clean Energy.” As the video reaches its end, Walz says, “Minnesota, let’s go 100 percent carbon-free.”
This morning I was proud to announce our #OneMinnesota Path to Clean Energy that will lead Minnesota to 100% clean energy by 2050 ⚡️🌱
— Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) March 5, 2019
The Star-Tribune reported the proposal “drew immediate criticism Monday for being too costly and unreliable,” which would likely be the case in just about any state. It was noted that Walz’s proposal differs from a similar proposal Minnesota legislators put forth in February. Those lawmakers want utilities to meet a number of deadlines leading up to 2050. But Walz passed on including any benchmarks, “giving companies more flexibility as they work toward 100 percent.”
Walz’s proposal also includes prioritizing clean energy within new power generation or power replacement, and expanding an energy efficiency program. A committee will hear the bill next week.
Macron’s Climate Call
The EU has already established a goal of going carbon-neutral by 2050, and French President Emmanuel Macron’s much-discussed open letter to Europe dedicates one paragraph to facing climate concerns.
The letter, published in a number of outlets, including The Guardian, comes weeks before Brexit brings major changes to the EU. Macron writes that Europe is approaching a dangerous and pivotal moment, and that “now is the time for a European renaissance.” Part of that is a call for zero carbon. As he writes,
“Getting back on track also means spearheading the environmental cause. Will we be able to look our children in the eye if we do not also clear our climate debt? The EU needs to set its target – zero carbon by 2050 and pesticides halved by 2025 – and adapt its policies accordingly with such measures as a European Climate Bank to finance the ecological transition, a European food safety force to improve our food controls and, to counter the lobby threat, independent scientific assessment of substances hazardous to the environment and health. This imperative needs to guide all our action: from the Central Bank to the European commission, from the European budget to the Investment Plan for Europe, all our institutions need to have the climate as their mandate.”
New Sunshine Solar
- Okeechobee Solar Energy Center, Okeechobee County
- Hibiscus Solar Energy Center, Palm Beach County
- Echo River Solar Energy Center, Suwannee County
- Southfork Solar Energy Center, Manatee County
FP&L says each of the new solar energy centers will be 74.5 MW plants, adding nearly 300 MW of total new capacity. That’s enough to power about 60,000 homes. The utility also claims the plants “will bring an additional $26 million in net-savings to FPL customers over the long-term.”‘
FP&L currently boasts about 1250 MW of universal solar capacity spread out among 18 solar plants and hundreds of smaller installations.
Climate Data $tartup
Jupiter Intelligence, a startup that provides predictive data and analytics for climate risk to governments and businesses, announced that it’s raised $23 million in Series B funding led by Energize Ventures. Jupiter says the funding will “accelerate Jupiter’s aggressive expansion into new perils, geographies and resiliency services.”
“When Donald Trump said that, you know, we’re not going to have toasters and TVs if we have wind power, that’s just simply…moronic, is the best way I can say it.”
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