✺✺The Big Question
2010. As a result, American consumers, businesses and schools are focking
to rooftop solar. According to the most recent statistics, the U.S. installed 930
MW of PV in Q3 2013 — up a remarkable 35 percent over a year ago.
As an organization, SEIA is committed to defending American consumers
by protecting, strengthening and expanding NEM policies all across the United States. Today, these forward-looking, common-sense policies are saving
Americans money, creating good-paying jobs in their communities, providing
a shot in the arm to the U.S. economy and helping to combat climate change.
If that isn’t worth fghting for, then what is?
Rhone Resch is the president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA),
the national trade organization for America’s solar energy industry. During his nine-year
tenure at SEIA, solar has experienced record-breaking growth, becoming one of the
fastest-growing industries in the United States with more than 6, 100 companies and nearly
PEOPLE — AND THE PRESS — in Europe sometimes talk about
Brussels as though it were an incomprehensible Ancient
Greek-style deity making all-encompassing, authoritarian
decisions on a whim.
And while the Brussels “EU bubble” can sometimes feel
a little out of touch on some issues, media attention across
Europe has been growing on the 2030 climate and energy
debate that is taking place in the Belgian capital.
2030 may sound a way off, but the energy capacity we
invest in today will mostly still be pumping then. So if
we want an energy sector based on renewables and less
dependent on expensive and polluting fossil fuel imports,
now is the time to set that in motion.
By setting a target for renewable energy in 2030 — alongside targets for
greenhouse gas reductions and energy effciency — politicians can ensure
investors put their money in wind and renewable energy.
Setting the three targets will lead to 1. 25 million more jobs than if we have
no new climate and energy policies, and to over 560,000 more jobs and €358
billion in fossil fuel import savings compared to the single target for green-
house gas reductions, which countries like the U.K. are lobbying for.
The current uncertainty as to what will happen in terms of 2030 policy
is one of the greatest threats to the wind industry right now, alongside the
destabilizing and sometimes retrospective changes to national support mech-
anisms some countries like Spain are making.
There is nothing more discouraging to an investor than fearing his or her
money will be lost. A 2030 renewable energy target at EU level, alongside stable
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