To discuss “power” and “electricity”, the defining questions we must ask is “what do we want energy for and what is the least costly way of achieving it?”
Over the past 130 years, raw energy has been converted into electricity to enable communications, mass production, and the heat and light we often take for granted.
Today, as we confront a world of diminishing resources and mounting costs to the environment for the use of certain raw materials, such as coal, oil, gas and nuclear energy, we are transitioning to a world that is focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
Not only does clean energy rely on resources (sun, wind, water) that are not diminishing, these resources provide an opportunity to reconfigure the electricity grid, creating resiliency in the face of storms or external threats to the grid itself.
With respect to greenhouse gas emissions, if all electricity were generated from renewable sources, we could eliminate approximately 30% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. And if we transformed our transportation system to one that relied exclusively on electric vehicles (charged by renewable energy) as well as storage batteries that could convert renewable energy from intermittent energy to constant energy, we could eliminate 70% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
How CCA Advances Clean Energy Solutions
Community Choice Aggregation is a program that accelerates the use of renewable energy. It also creates and market demand for local renewable energy generation and supplies.