Today, states are at the epicenter of America's renewable energy revolution. And, because we have 50 state energy markets, big positive advances in state policy can accelerate the pace of this historic shift.
Last month, at the wind industry's largest annual conference, WINDPOWER, I laid out the case as incoming Chairman of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) that "Wind is winning" the battle to become our energy of choice.
Sustainability is the next chapter in human progress, and the key is economic renewable energy technology. The paradigm shift towards sustainability is moving the energy industry from resource-constrained to technology-enabled, from destructive to creative.
Much has been written about the Supreme Court putting a temporary hold on implementing the EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP). But arguably the bigger news -- and harbinger of things to come -- is the dominance that low-cost wind energy and other renewables have achieved in the new power marketplace.
Corporate ethics is booming. Every major company has its own Corporate Social Responsibility program. CSR consulting is big business, and more and more companies are following suit. But is social responsibility also economically sustainable?
What galls Energy Policy Expert Fred Hewitt is that energy subsidies have been a fixture of American policy since the dawn of the fossil fuel era, and yet lawmakers refuse to make subsides for wind anywhere near permanent.
What is of interest here to note is that for the first time ever, investors have more confidence in a Chinese-owned company than in a European one, which truly puts in perspective how much things have changed in our world economy.