Claim: Renewable energy tax credits just aren’t worth it. Besides, other sources of energy don’t get tax incentives.
Fact: Clean energy tax incentives like the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) have spurred intense job creation and cost reduction in the renewable energy industry, providing benefits that far outweigh the tax revenue lost. Other industries have been claiming -- and continue to claim -- similar tax incentives. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: Renewable energy is just as harmful to the environment as fossil fuels.
Fact: Renewables yield significant environmental benefits when compared to fossil fuels, even when resource acquisition and land use are taken into account. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: The advanced biofuels industry will never significantly contribute to our fuel supply. Plus, advanced biofuels are no better for the environment than gasoline.
Fact: Despite intense policy uncertainty, advanced biofuels reached an inflection point in 2014, spurring sustainable economic growth and reducing our reliance on foreign oil. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: The Department of Defense shouldn’t be investing in renewable energy. It costs taxpayers money and doesn’t improve warfighting ability.
Fact: The Department of Defense has clearly stated that its reliance on fossil fuels is a threat to installations and troop security. DOD knows that renewable energy will save lives and money, and make our military more secure. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: Offshore wind energy has nothing to offer the U.S. It’s too expensive and it doesn’t help the economy. Europe regrets its investments in offshore wind.
Fact: Offshore wind energy in the U.S. has immense potential to spur job growth and power a significant amount of the country with cost-effective electricity. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: Businesses know renewable energy is a bad investment.
Fact: More companies and investors are investing in clean energy than ever before, and significant cost reductions have ensured they’re getting more “bang for their buck.” Click here to get the facts.
Claim: The EPA’s new Clean Power Plan limiting power plant carbon emissions is unnecessary. It will raise electricity rates and hurt our economy.
Fact: The EPA’s Clean Power proposal will create jobs, deliver significant health benefits, and reduce electricity costs. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: Wind power isn’t a significant part of America’s energy portfolio.
Fact: Wind power has proven itself, generating more gigawatts than ever and delivering low-cost energy to consumers across the country every day. Click here to get the facts.
Claim: Distributed generation and net metering policies harm utilities and provide no benefits to ratepayers.
Fact: Distributed generation and net energy metering provide economic, environmental, and technical benefits to both utilities and ratepayers. Click here to get the facts.
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
New York Magazine— March 26th, 2015
Mitch McConnell, who is leading the fight to stop the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, pointed out last week that he has a surprising ally: “Iconic liberal constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe — who was President Obama’s constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School — said he agrees.” The lawsuit to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating the greenhouse gas emissions of existing power plants would, if successful, close out the sole realistic channel that might allow the United States to comply with its international climate commitments, and thus likely doom any international agreement to limit the effects of climate change. The endorsement of Tribe, a famous liberal law professor, has become the right’s favorite talking point. Last December, The Wall Street Journal devoted an entire editorial to extolling this smackdown of Obama from an unimpeachably favorable source. “Professor Tribe delivered a constitutional rebuke this week to the Obama Administration,” the Journal gloated, “that is remarkable coming from a titan of the liberal professoriate.” Reason, the Daily Caller, Jonathan Adler, among others, have likewise touted Tribe’s defection to their side.
Pacific Business News— March 26th, 2015
Maui County, which includes the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai, is sticking to its ambitious goal of becoming the first islands in the United States to achieve 100 percent renewable energy.
The Daily Caller— March 26th, 2015
In Franklin County, Maine just a few miles from the Canadian border is Kibby Mountain. Over 3,600 feet above sea level, the mountain is home to hiking and snowmobile trails and beautiful evergreens. And today, the remote mountain is also home to the largest wind farm in New England.
With 44 turbines all standing nearly 300 feet tall, the Kibby wind facility has the capacity to generate enough power to meet the needs of approximately 50,000 homes – or every home in Franklin, Oxford and Summerset Counties in the state of Maine.
Minnesota Post— March 26th, 2015
Markets are making it clear that clean energy is good for business and is smart public policy. Earlier this year, 3M made a commitment to set quantitative goals for sourcing and/or production of renewable energy. This proactive, financially sound approach will reduce 3M’s greenhouse gas emissions as well as the company’s exposure to volatile energy prices. In Minnesota, 3M joins some of the state’s largest companies in committing to clean energy. With the private sector leading, will policymakers follow? Now is the time for Minnesota lawmakers to increase the state’s commitment to clean energy by setting a new 40 percent target for renewable energy and increasing energy savings to 2 percent annually.
ExtremeTech— March 26th, 2015
Last week we covered the then-upcoming solar eclipse, as well as European concerns that the event might cause catastrophic blackouts or failures across Europe. In reality, Friday, March 20, passed with no problems; the European power grid was adequately buffered and protected against the sudden drop-off of power generation, and handled the surge of PV panels coming back online with equal aplomb.
Politifact— March 25th, 2015
A group backed by the Koch brothers is arguing a proposed constitutional amendment that would change Florida solar energy regulations will lead the Sunshine State down a dark path.
Americans For Prosperity Florida says a petition being circulated by solar advocates Floridians for Solar Choice is the wrong move for the state, and will result in higher costs and decreased competition.
Fortune— March 25th, 2015
California’s big push into clean energy is seeing results as the state became the first with at least 5% of its overall electricity coming from large-scale solar projects last year.
Pilot-Independent— March 25th, 2015
New data from the Minnesota Department of Revenue shows that wind energy production went up last year from 8.6 million megawatts in 2013 to 9.5 million megawatts in 2014.
Since 2004, Minnesota has now produced more than 56 million megawatts of wind energy. Those megawatts serve as a valuable homegrown resource, but they also help preserve one of Minnesota’s most important resources: water.
Portion of jobs added in the U.S. since 2013 by the solar industry.
(Source: The Solar Foundation, http://bit.ly/1C7CTsg)
Renew Energy Latin America & Caribbean Conference and Expo (RELACCx)
November 20-21, 2014 | Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Renewable Energy Latin America & Caribbean Conference & Exhibition (RELACCx), is the premier renewable energy finance and development event for Latin America and the Caribbean. This two-day conference will take an in-depth look at political and financial landscapes, prominent and emerging markets, and existing energy infrastructure to provide the audience with the tools needed to accelerate renewable energy development in these regions.