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Sturm College of Law


Renewable energy, Renewable resources, Fossil fuels, Renewable grid, Energy grid


100% renewable energy is increasingly becoming a goal in the United States, and it makes sense for both climate and cost reasons. First, generating electricity from renewable resources, instead of fossil fuels, avoids climate-changing carbon and methane emissions. Second, solar and wind power involve technologies that now represent the lowest cost options for new electricity generation in many parts of the country. Transitioning from a 19th century fossil-fuel grid to 100% renewables involves technical and economic challenges, but some of the greatest challenges are due to policy. In 2005, Congress enacted policies to encourage the more efficient use of electricity and the deployment of renewable energy generation sources. Ironically, these policies are now perpetuating the use of electricity from fossil fuel, especially at the expense of expanded solar development. Switching from current time-of-use rates to rates that reflect the time-of-renewables will give solar energy its day in the sun.

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