As fortunes continue to fade for coal, new beginnings are on the horizon for renewables. Oregon has become the first US state to introduce legislation that phases out coal completely by 2030, and doubles renewables in their energy mix by 2040. Meanwhile in Canada, the Ontario-based Nanticoke coal plant – formerly the largest in North America – will be repurposed into a solar farm, producing 45 MW of power. According to the International Energy Agency, the global surge in renewables is having an impact on CO2 emissions, which have stalled for the second year in a row. With subnational governments stepping up for the climate, and world leaders expected to ratify the Paris deal in a matter of weeks, these latest developments signal an uptick in momentum in the ongoing transition towards a 100 per cent clean energy future.
— IEA (@IEA) March 16, 2016
- Strong policies have sent renewables soaring. Where Ontario led the way – becoming the first jurisdiction in the world to eradicate coal power for health and environmental reasons – others, including Oregon, are now following, taking steps to phase out coal in favour of clean, safe renewables. By implementing strong and stable policies that allow clean energy to thrive, governments are also boosting businesses, jobs and the economy.
- Replacing fossils with renewables benefits lungs and wallets. The US was up to $5.5 billion richer in 2013 due to the cleaner air brought by renewables. Reducing air pollution by ditching dirty energy not only protects people’s health – especially children and the most vulnerable – it saves money on medical care and sick days.
- To accelerate the ongoing transition, fossil fuels need to stay in the ground. Momentum is higher than ever, with leaders around the world are taking steps to cement their Paris pledges into national policy. With all eyes on leaders to keep their word, people around the world will also be making their voice heard this spring and urging governments to break free from fossil fuels for good.
- Gov. Brown to sign landmark renewable energy bill Friday (Portland Business Journal)
- Oregon Governor Signs Landmark Anti-Coal Bill Into Law (AP)
- Ontario to convert largest coal plant in North America to solar farm (Canadian Manufacturing)
- Ontario To Convert Nanticoke Coal Plant Into 44 MW Solar Farm (Solar Industry)
Tools & Resources
- Report: Solar, natural gas, wind make up most 2016 generation additions (EIA)
- Report: Solar job census 2015 (Solar Foundation)
- Report: While fossils crashed in 2015, clean energy soared (Clean Energy Canada)
- PR: Decoupling of global emissions and economic growth confirmed (IEA)
- PR: American wind power posts second strongest quarter ever, readies to help states meet Clean Power Plan affordably (AWEA)
- PR: Wind and Solar boost cost-competitiveness versus fossil fuels (BNF)
- Report: Renewable Energy Benefits: Measuring the Economics (IRENA)
- PR: Clean energy defies fossil fuel price crash to attract record $329BN global investment in 2015 (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)
- Blog: Is 2016 the year of wind and solar? (Oil Change International)
- Website: Ontario’s coal phase out (Ontario Clean Air Alliance)
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- Ontario goes coal free and calls for others to follow
- RT @350Canada Ontario to work with First Nations & convert former coal plant into giant solar farm #onpoli http://bit.ly/22foFmL
- RT @ClimateReality Big Coal, you’re on notice. Oregon will be coal-free as soon as 2030! #ClimateHope