100% Renewable Energy

Why 100% Renewable Energy?

We all know that burning oil, gas, and coal has polluted our air, water, and land for decades - and now it's changing the climate even faster than scientist feared it would.

We know we can have healthier communities right now and a livable future for ourselves and generations to come. But to get there, we must transform the way we produce and consume energy. That's got to start with a commitment to 100% clean, renewable energy.

Standing in the way of this progress, of course, are the fossil fuel companies. Time and time again they have demonstrated their ability and willingness obfuscate, outright lie, and lobby like hell to block the shift to clean energy wanted by most Americans. Despite all of their hard work, we’re making progress. We will keep working with you and our many allies to achieve the 100% clean, renewable energy future that the climate crisis demands and our health, our well-being, and our children deserve!

A 100 percent clean energy future means shifting from dirty energy to completely clean energy sources wherever and however we can. 2015, more than ever before, demonstrated that 100% clean, renewable energy is completely possible. Clean energy had many important victories (which will be discussed in future posts) in the past year including being a major focus of the Paris Climate Conference as well as Congress opening the door to more renewable energy growth than ever before! During the Paris Climate Conference 1,000 mayors came together to sign the Paris City Hall Declaration, which pledges support of long-term climate goals such as 100% clean energy.

In the U.S., renewable energy is on the move. 61% of the new electric generation added in 2015 was wind and solar. 2015 saw record progress with a solar installation happening every 2 minutes, more solar was installed this year than all solar installed prior to 2012. Wind energy grew by over 3,600 MW in 2015, now providing enough energy to power 19 million American homes. Most importantly, Congress paved the way for even more advances in clean, renewable energy when they extended critical renewable energy tax incentives for wind and solar for the next 4 to 6 years.

Why Organize on 100%?

Organizing around 100% renewable energy allows us to frame the debate nationally about an efficient, clean energy future while building and demonstrating power in key congressional districts and states around the country.

100% Renewable Energy Campuses

In order to move America towards a 100% clean energy future, we need to continue to move 100% renewable energy into the mainstream. A key part of that effort will be working on college and university campuses. College and university campuses are home to important thought leaders, researchers, and most importantly, to students. College and university campuses have a long history of leading the charge on some of America's most important social movements.

Right now, Environment America, Student PIRGs, and The Climate Reality Project are working together on a coordinated effort to raise the visibility of 100% renewable energy and jumpstart a national conversation by holding a series of events while launching 100% renewable energy campaigns on dozens of campuses.

 

Campaign Updates

Blog Post | Energy

Happy Earth Day! Take Action for the Earth Today. | CALPIRG

This earth day we are reminded once again that our planet's climate is changing, we are facing  the worst drought in California history and the wildfires and superstorms over the past year have become the new normal.

California is the 12th largest emitter of carbon pollution worldwide and the single largest source of that pollution is cars and trucks.

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Media Hit | Energy, Sustainability

CalPIRG petitions against Keystone pipeline

Ten members of the UC Berkeley chapter of CalPIRG rallied in front of Sather Gate Thursday against the construction of a controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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Blog Post | Energy

Energy Service Week

The AmeriCorps Members in CALPIRG’s Energy Service Corps Campaign Educated 600 school kids from 1st grade to 5th grade today at a local elementary school dressed in homemade costumes. The costumes featured energy efficient light bulbs and energy star appliances. They educated each grade level in the cafeteria with fun games and posters with images of clean energy and the right ways to save energy. All grade levels increased their test scores, their knowledge about energy use, and learned new forms of renewable energy!

 

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Blog Post | Energy

All of the Lights

Ever walk down a street on Christmas and see each house with their Christmas lights on? Ever wonder how much energy that must be wasting? Energy Service Corps, a partnered program of CALPIRG and AmeriCorps, is working to educate the next generation about energy conservation. Students from the Energy Service Corps program at UCSC educated a class of 4th graders at Westlake Elementary on the importance of conserving energy. One of the most basic tips for these students was to turn off the lights!

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