This Week in Climate & Clean Energy Wins: Week of 11/13/23

Three Numbers to Know:

  • $6


    The amount invested in nationwide climate resilience efforts. 

  • $3.5


    The amount the DOE announced it would be investing in domestic battery manufacturing.

  • 4


    The number of people employed by the solar PV sector.

In private sector news, Lyft is partnering with charging network EVCS to offer Lyft drivers discounts on charging electric vehicles in California, Oregon, and Washington – as part of the company’s efforts to reach 100% electrification by 2030. Amazon is building three new solar farms in Ohio, in addition to their 21 other current projects, and Forge Nano has announced plans for a $165 million battery factory in North Carolina, set to be finished in 2026. 

A new report from the Clean Investment Monitor found that in the year since the passage of President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, low income, and fossil-fuel dependent communities have experienced the greatest windfall of the clean energy transition – receiving nearly 40% of clean energy investments in 2022, demonstrating the massive opportunity in the Rust Belt, and rural America. New International Energy Analysis found that clean energy employment represents over half of total energy sector jobs – with solar PV being the largest energy employer in the world, accounting for 4 million jobs.

This week, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $3.5 billion investment in the domestic battery manufacturing sector, which will support retrofitting and expansion plans for facilities around the country. The Investing in America agenda also set aside $444 million to strengthen carbon storage projects across 12 states. DOE has awarded $31 million in energy efficiency and conservation grants to 19 state and local governments. The White House announced that $6 billion will go towards strengthening climate resilience efforts across the country, following the release of the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5). 

Lastly, the Michigan state legislature passed five bills to accelerate the shift to clean energy this week, including a law requiring 100% carbon-free energy generation from Michigan’s two leading utilities by 2040. According to The Washington Post, Ohio and Pennsylvania are leading the country in building a national electric vehicle charging network, with the former opening the first chargers funded by the infrastructure law this year and the latter now breaking ground on its new chargers. In Georgia, Cox Enterprises is expanding its clean energy technology portfolio with a $250 million investment in DSD Renewables. In New York, 116 farms will receive nearly $16 million to help with their sustainability needs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

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