Businesses for a Healthy Climate
For the first time ever, in 2014 a majority of new electricity generation built in the U.S. came from renewable sources. State businesses and community leaders have a terrific opportunity to accelerate this economic transformation by ensuring that renewable energy is on a level playing field with other energy sources. One key way to achieve a level playing field is to support efforts to put a national price on carbon pollution. Such a policy measure would force high-polluting companies to bear the costs of their pollution.
Today, low-polluting companies and the broader public unfairly bear the costs of others’ carbon pollution — costs that are seen every day as property and natural resources are damaged by sea level rise and intensified storms and floods. By supporting carbon pricing, each state’s businesses and community leaders will take a critical step toward addressing climate change and providing a free and fair marketplace for businesses to compete.
In March 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released Wind Vision, a definitive report showing that wind energy can become one of America’s top electricity sources by mid-century while delivering consumer savings that reach tens of billions of dollars a year. The new analysis, an update to the 2008 Bush Administration report, “20% Wind Energy by 2030,” projects that wind energy can meet 10 percent of the U.S. electricity needs by 2020, 20 percent by 2030, and 35 percent by 2050, and provides a road map for government and industry to get there.
Wind energy is already working in communities across the country. Leaders from those communities and from the industry are coming together now to help ensure that America’s elected officials and the public understand the role wind plays in our economy today – and its potential to provide even more benefits in the future. The Wind Energy Foundation and the American Wind Energy Association are organizing a group called the Wind Vision Ambassadors to tell that story.
Wind Vision Ambassadors are working from coast to coast to help explain wind’s benefits for local communities, key states and the nation’s broader environmental and economic goals. As decision makers and the broader public learn more about the value and viability of wind energy, we believe they will join us in the campaign to achieve the Wind Vision.