“Technology is changing our society, and voter attitudes reflect that,” said Mark Fleming, CCE president and CEO, in a statement. “Renewable energy, competition and consumer choice are clear priorities for North Carolina residents. This survey shows that these same voters want elected officials to enact pro-renewable, pro-competition policies.” In its December 2018 study, “Energy in the American Mind,” Yale University found strong bipartisan support for requiring utilities to use 100% clean energy. It also found a majority of Americans think transitioning to clean energy will benefit the economy, and that conservative Republican support for renewable energy research has increased by 30% in the past five years.
Bipartisan bills that favor solar reflect voter attitudes. Pennsylvania is working on a bipartisan bill to open up the state’s community solar market. The South Carolina House of Representatives unanimously passed a landmark energy bill that would expand solar in the state on a bipartisan vote. California is working on a bipartisan Solar Bill of Rights to ensure California consumers can invest in solar without penalties and interference from utilities. From sea to shining sea, it seems both sides of the aisle can agree on solar power’s benefits. As the task of solving climate change becomes more and more urgent, bipartisan agreement on solar’s important role in America’s energy mix will likely become even more common.
The global appetite for ethanol is growing. Breaking the previous record of 1.2 billion gallons set in 2011, the United States exported 1.4 billion gallons of fuel ethanol in 2017, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The majority of demand came from Brazil, where ethanol exports increased for the fourth consecutive year, reaching 450 million gallons in 2017 and accounting for approximately one-third of all U.S. fuel ethanol exports.