With more wind and solar, we can move to 100% clean energy

Too much of our energy comes from coal, oil and other dirty sources that wreak havoc on our environment.

We are surrounded by clean energy options — the power of the sun, the movement of wind and waves, the heat of the earth, even the energy leaking from drafty windows in our homes and businesses. By using energy more efficiently and tapping our vast renewable energy resources, we can move to 100% clean energy that doesn’t pollute and never runs out.      

Efficient buildings will spur energy savings

America’s homes are like cars that only get 10 miles to the gallon. Buildings consume 40% of America’s energy, and much of that energy is literally flying out the window rather than heating or cooling our homes and businesses. What’s worse, energy-wasting buildings are responsible for nearly half of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Millions of Americans are already weather-stripping doors and windows, insulating attics and making their homes more energy efficient and thus healthier, more comfortable and less costly to heat and cool.

If everyone makes these small changes, they can really add up — to 334 million fewer metric tons of global warming pollution emitted each year, the equivalent of taking 65.5 million cars off the road. The average family could save up to $400 on their utility bills.

Visit the Plug Into Clean Energy Guide, published by our sister group, the Environment America Research & Policy Center, for tips on how to give your home an efficiency upgrade.


 

Clean Energy Updates

News Release | Environment America

Solar industry leaders support carbon pollution limits

Washington, DC–A total of 540 solar industry leaders from hundreds of businesses issued a letter to the White House today, endorsing limits on carbon pollution from power plants and advocating that solar energy become a focal point of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan. 

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News Release | Environment America

Now is the time for action on climate

Washington, DC– Margie Alt, Executive Director of Environment America, issued this statement following the UN Climate Summit and Sunday’s march for climate action, which drew an historic crowd of 400,000 in New York City alone.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

North Carolina Steps Closer to Offshore Wind Energy

Washington, DC—Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the designation of over 275,000 acres off the coast of North Carolina for offshore wind on August 11. 

“We are thrilled that the Obama administration has announced another critical step forward in making this vision a reality for America. There is tremendous potential for producing clean, pollution-free wind energy off of our coasts and over time we can expand wind energy areas much farther. ”

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News Release | Environment America

New Report: Ranks Top 10 States Leading the U.S. in Solar Power

Solar electric power tripled in the U.S. between 2011 and 2013 and ten states are responsible for 87% percent of that growth; according to a new report,  Lighting the Way: The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2013. The report analyzes the amount of solar power installed through 2013 and reviews the policies that responsible for solar’s success.

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