Bipartisan Governors Urge Trump to Support Renewable Energy
Bipartisan support grows in the U.S. due to falling renewable energy costs combined with massive job growth in solar and wind power manufacturing and installations across the country.
As recently as Sunday, February 12, 2017 wind power provided over 50 percent of the 14-state Southwest Power Pool (SPP) grid — and that percentage doesn’t include renewable energy production from hydro-power, geothermal, nuclear power, geothermal energy, biomass nor other clean energy types.
“Ten years ago, we thought hitting even a 25 percent wind-penetration level would be extremely challenging, and any more than that would pose serious threats to reliability. Now we have the ability to reliably manage greater than 50 percent wind penetration. It’s not even our ceiling.” — SPP Vice President of Operations Bruce Rew, in a statement.
Rural landowners make $222 million per year renting their land for wind turbines. The solar energy industry added more than 30,000 jobs last year, employing more than 200,000 people. A group of Republican and Democratic governors focused on these and other economic points in a letter to President Donald Trump on Monday, urging the Republican climate…