Recently, Governor Tim Walz signed a 100% clean energy standard into law in Minnesota that is set to transition the state to carbon-free electricity by 2040. This groundbreaking legislation could have far-reaching effects on job creation, pollution reduction, and improved affordability for families across the state.
At the same time, there has been progress made in Washington with the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 passing through both chambers with bipartisan support. This law could lead to as much as a 50% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Solar manufacturing has grown rapidly across the country, leading to new projects worth billions of dollars announced in Minnesota and Georgia recently. The implementation of this climate law will provide tax credits towards the installation of solar panels and batteries as well as subsidies for those wishing to purchase electric vehicles, although public engagement is still needed to maximize its potential benefits.
The U.S. could also see their clean energy sector reach an impressive 76% by 2030 if stronger clean air standards are put into effect—which would also reduce other pollutants at the same time. It appears that Democratic majorities across the states can have a considerable impact on transitioning to not only clean energy technologies but markets worth billions of dollars while providing millions of jobs that can be filled this decade alone.
Despite the dysfunction of Republicans in Congress, many states have made progress on their own by passing ambitious clean energy initiatives. Even with a divided government, the future looks bright for a cleaner and more sustainable United States. The trend is towards clean energy, and that’s something we can all get behind.
The push towards clean energy does not end here. Businesses, communities, and citizens have the power to work together to create a brighter future for our planet—and it all starts with making sure that clean energy is accessible and affordable for everyone. With continued public engagement and actionable policy measures, we can make sure that the United States continues on its path towards a sustainable future.
By 2023, the United States is looking to be in a better position when it comes to tackling climate change. Clean energy initiatives have sprouted up across the country since 2017 and are continuing to grow with new support from businesses, legislators, and citizens. With continued commitment from individuals and governments alike, clean energy progress in America can continue to make strides even in a politically divided nation.
With more clean energy initiatives on the horizon, and new projects being announced regularly, we can be sure that progress on renewable energy will continue regardless of who is in control. It is up to all of us to ensure that these efforts are successful and that our planet’s future is bright. By coming together to support clean energy initiatives, we can make sure that the U.S. continues its progress towards a more sustainable future.
Jonas Muthoni is an entrepreneur and renewable energy expert. He is the founder of MicroGridMedia.com, a website dedicated to bringing the latest news and information about solar energy and other renewable energy sources to the public. Jonas is passionate about promoting sustainable energy solutions and educating the public about the benefits of renewable energy. He is a regular speaker at industry events and conferences and is committed to driving the transition to a cleaner and more sustainable energy future.