As soon as 2040 solar and wind power are likely to replace coal as the world’s dominant energy source, according to BP’s annual energy outlet, released last week. US states are getting ready for that eventuality as California and South Carolina took legislative steps last week to increase rights to renewables and Arizona’s APS announced plans to greatly increase energy storage and solar capabilities.
Between now and 2040, 85 percent of new energy generation to come online throughout the world will be low or no-carbon energy, according to BP’s most likely scenario in its 2019 Energy Outlook. The growth will be led by renewable energy which will grow at a rate of 7.6 percent a year, allowing it to overtake coal as the world’s dominant power generation source. Solar power will increase by a factor of 10 over the period while wind power will increase by a factor of 5. The only other primary energy source that will grow during the period is natural gas, which will grow by 1.7 percent a year.
In California, the nation’s largest solar market, a bipartisan group of legislators have introduced the California Solar Bill of Rights. The bill would protect home and business owners who go solar and or use energy storage from charges on their systems while also ensuring they’re fairly reimbursed for the electricity they generate and put back on the state’s electric grid. It would also protect those going solar from facing interconnection delays created by utility policies.
Solar power is a hot topic in South Carolina, too. Earlier this year solar supporters announced a 100 Day Clean Energy Agenda designed to advocate for more solar and home solar in the state this year. It’s likely working. The state’s House of Representatives unanimously passed The Energy Freedom Act bill (HB 3659), which would modernize the state’s energy market and eliminate current caps on rooftop solar and more. The legislation will now be considered in the state Senate.
Like California, Arizona has capitalized on solar power and now energy storage will be a bigger part of that equation. The state’s largest utility announced that it plans to add in 850 megawatts of energy storage in the state with 500 MWs of solar storage and stand-alone battery storage coming online by 2025. Under the plan the utility also will add 100 more MWs of solar.Tweet