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CEO DATELINE – Renewable power groups collaborate on energy future

June 3, 2020
By Walt Williams

Four associations representing renewable energy providers have agreed to work together to help the U.S. generate a majority of its power from renewable sources by 2030.

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The American Wind Energy Association. Solar Energy Industries Association, National Hydropower Association and Energy Storage Association announced Tuesday they would collaborate across their industries to help the U.S. achieve at least 51% renewable energy generation in 10 years. Renewables currently make up about 19% of energy generation.

“Market opportunities for projects that include a mix of technologies have opened up that didn’t exist even a few years ago, and demand is growing for integrated renewable energy options,” AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan said in a statement. “Individually and cooperatively, these sectors will continue growing to meet that demand and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs to strengthen economies from coast to coast, building a better, cleaner tomorrow.”

The announcement coincided with the launch of AWEA’a Cleanpower Expo, originally an in-person trade show that transitioned to a virtual event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement involved not just collaboration but the adoption of share principles among the groups,  including building a better energy grid; achieving carbon reductions; and advancing greater competition through fair market rules.

“These principles are just another step toward realizing our vision for a Solar+ Decade,” SEIA CEO Abigail Ross Hopper said. “In the face of this dreadful pandemic, our nation must chart a path forward that puts a premium on innovation, jobs recovery and a smarter approach to energy generation.”

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