100% Renewable Energy
Imagine being able to power our lives without harming the environment. Imagine our country producing and consuming energy while we enjoy healthy, livable communities. We have the power to give kids growing up today a livable future. That’s why we're calling for Pennsylvania and the nation to make a commitment to 100% renewable energy.
100% Clean. 100% Possible.
Burning fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal has polluted our air, water and land for decades. Now it’s changing our climate, even faster than scientists feared it would. But we can have healthier communities right now and a livable future for kids growing up today. To get there, we need to transform the way we produce and consume energy.
That's why we’re calling for a statewide and nationwide commitment to 100% renewable power.
It’s a big, bold goal. But it’s also one that would make America a world leader in the race toward a cleaner, healthier future — and it’s a goal that’s 100% possible.
Apple, Facebook, Google and more
Companies and municipalities are already committing to 100% renewable energy.
Consider: Companies ranging from Apple, Google and Facebook to Johnson & Johnson and Coca Cola have already committed to going 100% renewable. So have cities like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and others.
Some cities around the country like Greensburg, Kan., Burlington, Vt. and Aspen, Colo., have already achieved 100% renewable energy.
Going 100% renewable is 100% possible.
This has dovetailed with solar power installations tripling in America in just the last two years — there is a new home or business going solar every one and a half minutes. In many states, wind power is now cheaper than gas or coal. Clean energy keeps growing faster, with prices for consumers and businesses dropping lower than even the most optimistic industry predictions of just a few years ago.
But we can do more, and we must do more to stave off the worst effects of climate change.
We need to keep building momentum
It’s time to stop letting some slow-moving politicians drag their feet, and start pushing them to step up and lead.
It’s time to sweep past the big energy interests — from Big Oil and gas companies like ExxonMobil and Chevron to utilities like Duke Energy and Pacific Gas & Electric, from climate deniers in Congress to the Koch brothers — that are not only standing in the way, but using their financial might and political clout to roll back renewable energy’s progress.
Join our call, and help your community go 100% renewable.
The more people who join our call for 100% renewable power, the more local, state, national and corporate leaders will step up and take action that will make a difference now and get us on the right track for the future.
PennEnvironment Lobby day 2017.
Solutions can't wait
We can’t wait any longer: Scientists say we must stop burning fossil fuels by 2050 in order to our spare kids growing up today from the devastating impacts of climate change.
And why should we wait?
Why wait for healthier communities with cleaner air and water when we can have them today?
Why wait until it’s impossible to leave our kids a safer, healthier tomorrow?
Why wait, when we can start changing the conversation about how we produce and consume energy — so it’s no longer a question of whether we’ll get to 100% renewable power, but how fast?
Why wait, when America has the responsibility, the ingenuity and the will to start leading the world to a 100% renewable future right now?
We’ve got the power
We’re ready for this. PennEnvironment and our national network at Environment America have been working aggressively to promote solar and wind power, and energy efficiency and conservation at the state and local levels. We’ve won clean energy policies, from pro-solar initiatives to clean cars programs to renewable energy standards, all of which are driving down the costs of wind and solar power, and driving down carbon pollution.
Now we need you to join this movement and the first step is an easy one: Add your name in support of a 100% renewable future.
Together, we can do this. A 100% renewable future based on 100% American-made energy is 100% possible. And it starts now.
Windmill farm in Bradford County, PA showing a gas drillng fracking fluids reservoir. Photo Credit: Don Biresch. click here for source.
A 100% renewable future based on 100% American-made clean energy. It’s 100% possible. And it starts now.
Getting to 100% Clean Energy is 100% Possible
Official projections and forecasts of renewable energy’s growth have consistently been wildly off the mark:
- In 2010, the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicted that there would be 180 GW of installed solar PV capacity by 2024; that target was met in January 2015.
- Current installed PV capacity exceeds IEA's 2010 projections for 2015 by threefold.
- Installed wind capacity in 2010 exceeded IEA's 2002 and 2004 projections by 260 and 104 percent respectively.
- IEA's 2002 projections for wind energy in 2030 were exceeded in 2010.
- The price of solar power has fallen in two decades from nearly $10 a watt to about $3. By 2030, computer scientist Ramez Naam predicted, the price could drop to just 50 cents a watt. Four years later, in the spring of this year, Naam revisited his post and admitted his prediction had been wrong. It was far too conservative. The price of solar power had already hit the 50-cent threshold.
- In the sunniest locations in the world, building a new solar-power plant now costs less than coal or natural gas, even without subsidies, and within six years, this will be true of places with average sunlight, too.