One thing for the administration is that the cost of solar panels has dropped dramatically over the past decade, making them the cheapest source of energy in many parts of the country. The use of solar and wind power has also grown much faster in recent years than predicted by most government and independent analysts.
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“One of the things we hope people see and take away from this report is that it is affordable to decarbonize the grid,” said Becca Jones-Albertus, director of the Solar Energy Technology Office in the Department of Energy. ‘Energy. “The network will remain reliable. We just need to build.
The administration argues that the United States must act quickly because doing nothing to reduce reliance on fossil fuels also comes at significant costs, especially extreme weather conditions linked to climate change. On Tuesday, during a visit to inspect damage from heavy rains caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida in New Jersey and New York City, Biden said: “The nation and the world are in peril.” .
Some recent natural disasters have been compounded by weaknesses in the energy system. Ida, for example, dealt a heavy blow to the power grid in Louisiana, where hundreds of thousands of people have been without power for days. Last winter, a storm also left much of Texas without power for days. And in California, utility equipment has sparked several large wildfires, killing dozens and destroying thousands of homes and businesses.
Mr Biden wants to use the tax credits to encourage the use of solar power systems and batteries in homes, businesses and utilities. The administration also wants local governments to speed up permitting and construction of solar projects – in some places, installing panels on a single-family home can take months, for example. And officials want to offer various incentives to utility companies to encourage the use of solar energy.
Jennifer M. Granholm, Biden’s energy secretary, said part of the administration’s strategy would focus on its clean electricity payment program, which would reward utilities for adding renewable energy to the power grid, including rooftop solar power. Many utility companies have fought against rooftop solar panels because they see it as a threat to their business and prefer to build large solar farms that they own and control.
“Both have to happen, and public services will have an incentive to remove the barriers,” Ms. Granholm said. “We have to do a series of things.