In February 2021, an Arctic cold front brought extreme temperatures, snow, sleet, and freezing rain to large parts of Texas and the southern U.S. The deep freeze led to widespread power outages, and more than 4.5 million Texans ultimately lost power for up to four days. One potential solution worth exploring is increasing the capacity of distributed energy resources such as rooftop solar and storage. This paper explores how maximizing rooftop solar potential could help relieve strain on the power grid during times of stress, using the 2021 Texas power crisis as a case study.
Solar energy is the fastest-growing form of electricity generation in the United States. America has 40 times as much solar electricity generation capacity as in 2010. That’s because the U.S. has a huge solar resource, solar power is cheap and getting cheaper quickly, and good public policies make solar power attractive for individuals and businesses.
But America has only just begun to tap its immense solar resource.
Following years of rollbacks, President Joe Biden began his term nearly a year ago amidst unprecedented environmental and public health challenges. Despite these obstacles, his administration has made significant strides toward restoring lost environmental protections and confronting daunting threats to our climate and public health, according to a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund.
The Superfund toxic waste cleanup program is in charge of cleaning up America's most dangerous toxic waste sites. But for years, it's been underfunded, which has slowed down cleanup and put more people at risk of exposure to hazardous waste. The Funding the Future of Superfund: Addressing decades of slowing toxic waste cleanup report addresses the progress of the Superfund program in 2021 and what new funding from the reinstated "polluter pays" tax will mean for the future of Superfund toxic waste cleanup.
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