generation and distribution is a matter of national security for the United
States. Recent domestic investments into
renewable energy generation have allowed the US to increase its energy
independence and security.
Cities will sign
unprecedented utility-scale clean energy deals
to the WRI, “[i]n the last few years, cities have signed increasingly large
power purchase agreements (PPAs) to source electricity from renewable energy
developers for municipal and community use.”
Notable examples in this category are Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and New
to the WRI, governments will continue to pursue PPAs, signing large deals
to meet municipal/state needs and expanding to community members and
WRI also forecasts that “joint deals with other jurisdictions or
community partners such as businesses and universities, to access economies of
scale.” A notable example here is the
PJM and FERC cases New Jersey and New York are litigating.
Montana, Colorado, and New
Mexico are utilizing a financial strategy known as securitization, where
utilities issue bonds to help pay off stranded coal assets. With coal plant closures, there is
a greater focus on ensuring plant closures do not leave surrounding
communities in a lurch. However, coal-fired
generation remains a goal of the Trump Administration.
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