Claim: Government support for renewable energy is costly, ineffective, and more significant than support for conventional fossil fuels.
Fact: Fossil fuels have received far greater government support, over a much longer period of time, than renewables have. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: Energy efficiency measures are too costly and won’t make a difference in how much energy we consume.
Fact: Energy efficiency is a low-cost, job-creating method for significantly reducing U.S. energy demand. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: The renewable energy and clean tech industries don’t create jobs.
Fact: Renewable energy and clean tech industries have spurred significant job creation in the United States. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: The Renewable Fuel Standard is a drain on the economy and its goals cannot be met without running into the “blend wall.” The EPA is correct to propose reducing it for 2014.
Fact: The Renewable Fuel Standard creates jobs, lowers gasoline prices, and fights climate change. The EPA’s proposal to lower biofuel volume requirements will harm a thriving American industry. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: 2013 was a tough year for renewable energy.
Fact: Renewable energy is cheaper, more popular and powering more of America than ever before. Here are the top 13 facts of 2013.
Claim: Only liberals support renewable energy.
Fact: Renewable energy enjoys strong bipartisan support from conservatives, liberals, and independents alike. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: The Northeast doesn’t have much renewable energy. It’s too costly to develop and the weather in the region isn’t suitable for wind or solar.
Fact: The Northeast has reaped many benefits from renewable energy sources, and the region is well-positioned to rely on renewables more heavily. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: Electric vehicles are inherently unsafe and prone to battery fires. The three recently-reported Tesla Model S fires are proof of this danger.
Fact: Electric vehicles are just as safe as traditional gas-powered vehicles, if not safer, as many tests show. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: California’s push for renewable energy has failed, leading to some of the highest electricity prices in the country and hurting the economy.
Fact: California is leading the nation in numerous clean energy categories and the costs are negligible. By embracing renewables and energy efficiency, CA built an attractive business environment to draw billions of investment dollars and thousands of new jobs. Get the Facts
Claim: Distributed generation (DG) is a niche market for rich, “off-the-grid” enthusiasts. DG increases costs for all ratepayers while also making the grid unreliable.
Fact: Distributed generation – electricity produced and consumed onsite – is growing quickly. In many places, rooftop solar, geothermal and other technologies are providing power to property owners and lowering costs while increasing the resilience of the electric grid. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: Offshore wind is far too expensive to develop and it would never provide enough power to justify the investment.
Claim: Energy efficiency is unproven and expensive to implement, and forcing companies and individuals to enact energy efficient practices is bad policy.
Claim: Power companies don’t like renewable energy because it’s bad for business. They stick to fossil fuels to provide power to their customers.
Claim: The Renewable Fuel Standard is costly, mandates unrealistic fuels and takes away the incentive for biofuel producers to lower costs and grow the industry.
Claim: Solar is a niche energy market that’s only good for powering off-the-grid homes. It’s too expensive and solar companies are completely bankrupt.
Claim: The only energy innovators that matter are in the fossil fuel sector. Renewables aren’t innovating and that’s why they’re so expensive.
Claim: Wind energy can’t provide enough power to keep the lights on and will always remain a niche industry that the private sector has no interest in.
Claim: Fisker Automotive, Solyndra and other struggling green energy companies backed by Department of Energy loans are evidence that the government wastes money trying to pick “winners.”
Claim: With cheap, abundant natural gas and coal, expensive renewables are unnecessary. Utilities should stick with these fuels instead of having to deploy new, more expensive renewable resources.
Fact: Natural gas costs have a history of high volatility while renewable prices are continuing to decrease, allowing for long-term pricing. The prices of renewable energy resources are already starting to beat coal prices and utilities are trading coal for renewables across the country. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: Renewable energy subsidies prop up an otherwise economically-unviable industry. We should “level the playing field” by removing clean energy handouts and let renewables compete with fossil fuels.
Claim: The environmental benefits of renewable energy are wildly overstated.
Claim: Renewable energy only represents a tiny bit of our power supply and will never be able to meet America’s power needs. Renewables will always be a fringe technology, only powering a handful of cars and off-the-grid homes.
Claim: State Renewable Portfolio Standards are job-killing government mandates that offer no economic benefits and cause skyrocketing electricity rates.
Fact: State RPS policies are currently driving over 1/3rd of new renewable energy development across America in a cost-competitive manner that protects American consumers. Repealing these policies will risk billions in private investment and threatens hundreds of thousands jobs in 29 states plus the District of Columbia. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: Biofuels are too expensive for military use, bad for cars and will never be produced in large enough quantities for consumer use. The Renewable Fuel Standard encourages the use of food for fuel and should be ended.
Claim: Renewable energy is unreliable and must be continually backed up by fossil fuels for times when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine.
Fact: Renewable energy is more than capable of providing steady, reliable electricity for consumers in a variety of scenarios. As storage technology advances, any remaining challenges with constant output will soon become a thing of the past. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: Investment in renewable energy is in a downward spiral and major banks and institutional investors are cutting back their clean tech portfolios. Private investors do not believe in renewable energy.
Fact: Investment in clean and renewable energy is at record levels across the private sector. Clean technology is the leading venture capital category and many major Wall Street banks have dedicated, multi-billion dollar clean tech portfolios.Click here to get the facts.
Claim: Electric Vehicles (EVs) are unpopular, unaffordable and unsafe.
Fact: EVs are selling fast, saving consumers money, creating jobs and are just as safe as the average gas-fueled vehicle. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: The PTC is a government subsidy that doesn’t really help the wind industry grow and hasn’t resulted in jobs or economic activity since its inception.
Fact: The PTC is a credit used by businesses to expand their renewable electricity generation capability and provide jobs and expand the market for renewable electricity.Click here to get the facts.
Claim: Energy efficiency standards do not result in significant energy savings or lower costs for certified buildings.
Fact: Rigorous, market-based standards such as the LEED program have achieved significant energy, water, and cost savings in buildings. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: America doesn’t need improvements to our electric grid; we have one that works just fine and new transmission drives up electrical bills. We are also “overbuilding” to help renewables that aren’t even in service yet.
Fact: The current grid is outdated and new transmission will increase efficiency, open access to cheaper renewable energy and ultimately save consumers money.Click here to get the facts.
Claim: People near wind turbines suffer from headaches, sleeplessness, and other negative side effects.
Fact: No credible medical source has verified these affects, and sound experts have criticized such claims.Click here to get the facts.
Claim: Renewable energy technologies use just as much water as traditional energy consumption and are unsuitable for drier regions.
Fact: On the whole, renewable energy uses far less water than traditional energy sources, and mainstream wind and solar PV technologies use little to no water. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: Renewable Portfolio Standards will not help our energy needs and puts an undue burden on the taxpayers.
Fact: State RPS policies are widely credited with lowering costs, bring better renewable energy tech to the market and opportunities for local businesses.Click here to get the facts.
Claim: Renewable energy development decimates wildlife and will lead to the extinction of endangered species.
Fact: Renewable energy development is environmentally friendly and less damaging to wildlife than traditional energy.Click here to get the facts.
Claim: Even with massive subsidies, renewable energy technology cannot survive. Renewables have been getting subsidies for years now; they should be able to stand on their own.
Fact: All energy production in the U.S. receives significant federal support, dating back to the first oil subsidies in early 20th century. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: Renewable energy is too expensive and drives up electricity and fuel prices.
Claim: Wind farms are a threat to bird populations – and their harmful effect on bird populations is only getting worse as more wind farms are built.
Claim: Wind energy is too expensive and can’t compete with other sources of electricity.
Claim: The stimulus bill’s support for clean, renewable energy sent jobs overseas.
Claim: The Obama administration is forcing the U.S. Navy to use unproven biofuels.
Claim: Offshore wind energy is too expensive and can’t compete with traditional power sources to help meet our energy needs.
Claim: The Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee Program is wasting taxpayer money. Abound Solar’s bankruptcy is proof of that.
Claim: Renewable energy doesn’t create jobs and raises electricity costs.
Claim: No one is investing in renewable energy.
Fact: In 2011, more than $48 billion was invested in renewable energy in the United States. Click here to learn more about investment in renewable energy.
The Daily Update
Bloomberg— April 16th, 2014
Clean energy investment rose by 9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier on surging demand for rooftop solar panels from the U.S. to Japan.
New investment in renewable power and energy efficiency rose to $47.7 billion in the first three months of the year from $43.6 billion, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said today in an e-mailed statement.
CNN— April 16th, 2014
Their CVs combined look like the envy of all bona fide air adventurers. Pioneering ultralight aircraft? Been there. Setting world records by circling the globe nonstop in a balloon? Done that. Commanding the first ever 24-hour flight on a plane powered just by the sun? Yep, you’ve guessed it.
And now, following 12 years of complex designs and intense training, aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are set to conquer new heights, taking up the challenge of the first solar flight around the globe.
La Crosse Tribune— April 16th, 2014
An annual report tracking global investment in clean energy found for a second straight year that China has overtaken the United States as the leader.
The Pew Charitable Trusts recently released “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?,” which found that clean energy investment worldwide declined 11 percent in 2013, and that the United States saw a 9 percent decline in investment to keep it firmly in second place.
Triangle Business Journal— April 16th, 2014
North Carolina companies invested almost $1.3 billion in renewable energy and efficiency projects last year, according to a new report produced by Research Triangle Park-based RTI International and commissioned by the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association.
That is almost as much as the total investment in such projects from 2007 to 2012.
CleanTechnica— April 16th, 2014
It is the week before Earth Day (Tuesday, April 22) and we are asking American wind power supporters to share why they love wind energy on Twitter and Facebook.
Similar to our #iheartwind week a couple months back, we are asking supporters to use the #iheartrenewables hashtag to tell your followers, your friends, everyone why you love wind power in the spirit of celebrating Earth Day and all the successes wind power has achieved so far.
Reno Gazette Journal— April 15th, 2014
Highlighting the growing economic strength of the Southwest, the renewable energy sectors in the Silver State are booming and predicted to keep growing with the bipartisan support of Nevada’s congressional and state leaders
Solar, geothermal, and wind energy investment in Nevada, measured at $5.5 billion since 2010, has accelerated rapidly thanks to the state’s leaders. Everyone can agree that continuing that scale of private investment in the economy should be a top priority for elected decisionmakers.
Triad Business Journal— April 15th, 2014
Renewable energy projects in the Triad’s 12 counties represented a combined investment of more than $278.9 million between 2007 and 2013, according to a report from national research institute RTI International.
RTI International’s study on the economic impact analysis of clean energy development in North Carolina was commissioned by the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association.
University of Delaware Daily— April 15th, 2014
The majority of residents in Atlantic City, N.J., and surrounding communities favor the construction of an offshore wind power project, based on surveys conducted through the Delaware Sea Grant College Program.
Results show that 77 percent of residents are inclined to support a demonstration project of five offshore wind turbines visible from the shore, versus 20 percent leaning the other way. The remaining three percent were undecided.
Rise in clean energy investment in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the first quarter of 2013.
(Source: Bloomberg, http://bloom.bg/P4Xs1K)
National Renewable Energy Policy Forum
March 27-28, 2014 | Washington, DC
ACORE’s 2014 National Renewable Energy Policy Forum will focus on “Evolving Policy to Keep Pace With Market Innovation.” The forum features luminaries such as EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and Representative Sandy Levin discussing how federal policy can support and complement the renewable energy industry.