100% Renewable Energy

Why 100% Renewable Energy?

We all know that burning oil, gas, and coal has polluted our air, water, and land for decades - and now it's changing the climate even faster than scientist feared it would.

We know we can have healthier communities right now and a livable future for ourselves and generations to come. But to get there, we must transform the way we produce and consume energy. That's got to start with a commitment to 100% clean, renewable energy.

Standing in the way of this progress, of course, are the fossil fuel companies. Time and time again they have demonstrated their ability and willingness obfuscate, outright lie, and lobby like hell to block the shift to clean energy wanted by most Americans. Despite all of their hard work, we’re making progress. We will keep working with you and our many allies to achieve the 100% clean, renewable energy future that the climate crisis demands and our health, our well-being, and our children deserve!

A 100 percent clean energy future means shifting from dirty energy to completely clean energy sources wherever and however we can. 2015, more than ever before, demonstrated that 100% clean, renewable energy is completely possible. Clean energy had many important victories (which will be discussed in future posts) in the past year including being a major focus of the Paris Climate Conference as well as Congress opening the door to more renewable energy growth than ever before! During the Paris Climate Conference 1,000 mayors came together to sign the Paris City Hall Declaration, which pledges support of long-term climate goals such as 100% clean energy.

In the U.S., renewable energy is on the move. 61% of the new electric generation added in 2015 was wind and solar. 2015 saw record progress with a solar installation happening every 2 minutes, more solar was installed this year than all solar installed prior to 2012. Wind energy grew by over 3,600 MW in 2015, now providing enough energy to power 19 million American homes. Most importantly, Congress paved the way for even more advances in clean, renewable energy when they extended critical renewable energy tax incentives for wind and solar for the next 4 to 6 years.

Why Organize on 100%?

Organizing around 100% renewable energy allows us to frame the debate nationally about an efficient, clean energy future while building and demonstrating power in key congressional districts and states around the country.

100% Renewable Energy Campuses

In order to move America towards a 100% clean energy future, we need to continue to move 100% renewable energy into the mainstream. A key part of that effort will be working on college and university campuses. College and university campuses are home to important thought leaders, researchers, and most importantly, to students. College and university campuses have a long history of leading the charge on some of America's most important social movements.

Right now, Environment America, Student PIRGs, and The Climate Reality Project are working together on a coordinated effort to raise the visibility of 100% renewable energy and jumpstart a national conversation by holding a series of events while launching 100% renewable energy campaigns on dozens of campuses.

 

Campaign Updates

News Release | Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Fund | Energy

Clean energy can meet 100 percent of our needs, experts say

With Massachusetts’ energy future up for debate on Beacon Hill, advocates and experts released a paper today arguing that a society powered by 100 percent renewable energy, such as solar and wind, is within reach.
 

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Report | Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Fund | Energy

We Have the Power

With Massachusetts’ energy future up for debate on Beacon Hill, advocates and experts released a paper today arguing that a society powered by 100 percent renewable energy, such as solar and wind, is within reach.

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Report | MASSPIRG Students and the Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center | Energy

Lighting the Way

 Massachusetts ranks 5th for solar installations in 2014, but inaction by state leaders could stall growth

 

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Chance to make utilities more accountable lost for outages is gone with the wind

Power giants NStar and Northeast Utilities won a green light from Massachusetts' regulators for their multibillion-dollar merger without having to answer serious questions about the catastrophic outages that darkened vast swaths of New England last fall, a review of merger records shows.

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Vote Yes for MASSPIRG!

 

Listen to Yoda: Please vote yes for MASSPIRG during the Student Government Elections on April 17th and 18th.

Every two years, Westfield State students vote to continue funding MASSPIRG through a $9 per student per semester waivable fee.

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