Written By: Natalie Baer
President Obama will announce on Thursday that the federal government must nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.
As part of his second-term drive to combat climate change and prepare for its effects, President Obama has announced that in June he will set plans to put limits on carbon pollution from new and existing power plants. The country’s first attempt at introducing carbon limits aims to boost renewable energy production and reduce air pollution from power plants.
Obama says that the plan will also promote energy independence for the United States and provide thousands of jobs in the clean-energy industry.
The federal government, which occupies almost 500,000 buildings and operates 600,000 vehicles, has already reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by over 15%.
With the country’s recent increase in production of renewable-energy supplies, particularly that of wind and solar, Obama says that boosting the government’s current goal of providing 7.5% of its electricity from renewable energy sources to 20% is likely achievable.
Obama’s announcement extends plans to make the United States more energy efficient, which include reducing energy waste at multi-family dwellings (apartments and condominiums) and the release of a 2014 fuel economy guide to help motorists in choosing fuel-efficient vehicles.
In November, the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) awarded $12 million in grants to eight organizations in an attempt to provide 150 million Americans with solar energy. That same month the DoE announced plans to invest over $7 million in helping American Indian and Alaska Native tribes develop nine clean-energy projects.