On October 12, I suggested one answer to the question: “How can solar and other renewables possibly push back against the fossil fuel industries, which have so many more resources to commit to the fight?”
One way is focusing cleantech advocacy efforts on wearing down scaling barriers. For example:
Today, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts approved an agreement for National Grid, the large Northeastern electric utility company, to purchase half of the clean power produced by the country’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm, Cape Wind, to supply to its Massachusetts customers after the project is completed and the turbines start spinning...
...Some argued against that the Cape Wind project by saying it would be too expensive – but this agreement showed Massachusetts can trade out its dirty energy for clean, renewable wind power with only an additional $1.25 per month on the electric bill for the average National Grid customer. And this small charge will reap large cost-savings benefits for all customers on the electric grid – ranging from reductions in wholesale electricity and natural gas prices for other utilities, to hedging against volatile natural gas prices because unlike fossil fuels, wind energy prices stay stable and are not prone to dreaded spikes in your bill.
Congratulations to Massachusetts for moving a major, clean energy project closer to reality. This decision follows great news on Election Day a few weeks ago, when a wide and deep coalition in California convinced voters in that state to roundly reject Proposition 23. That oil-industry-funded effort would have effectively overturned that state’s landmark, clean energy and climate law, the “Global Warming Act of 2006.” Increasingly, and with the apparent defeat of comprehensive legislation at the federal level, it appears that the battle for clean energy and climate change action will take place in the states and through private sector initiatives. Given yesterday’s action by Massachusetts, as well as polling indicating strong support for renewable energy throughout the United States, that’s a hopeful trend.