The Transition to 100% Renewable Energy
More than 60% of the electricity generated in New England comes from natural gas and oil, followed by nuclear (14%) and coal (9%). Maine and New Hampshire emit over 10,000,000 metric tons of C02 emissions annually, a result of burning over 50,000,000 gallons of oil and 2,800,000,000 lbs. of coal. What’s more, is that the use of these fuels exports more than $5 billion annually out of the local economies.
Our region’s over-reliance on fossil fuels and the resulting carbon pollution is threatening to our tourism industry, our marine fisheries industries and our way of life. As a region, nation, and planet, we face stunning environmental challenges over the next 25 years, yet, the sunny news is that for all of the doom and gloom, there is a solution out there… In fact, that solution rises and sets every morning!
The team at the Solutions Project recently crunched the numbers to figure out what a carbon-free future would look like. Their research supported our own, which suggests than converting just 1.5% of our region’s land mass to renewable energy generation would be able to meet all of our energy needs now and forever.
This initiative is mandatory should we hope to stop the worst effects of climate change; however, for the climate skeptics there are vast benefits beyond saving the planet. This initiative is also the fix for our economic woes, as the work needing to be done to integrate a renewable energy economy requires skilled workers, and somewhere in the order of 500,000 new jobs would be created were we to full transition to renewable energy in the next 25 years.
The technology is here and throughout this website we explain how it works, and the powerful economic and environmental benefits. While State and National leadership leaves a lot to be desired in this major initiative (which truly should be a national effort, of the same order as the Space Race), we are excited and energized that the grassroots growth of solar is fast, and rapidly growing, thanks to conscientious, and financially-savvy solar enthusiasts throughout Northern New England.