State’s green-energy momentum grows, but even more urgency may be needed

By Martin Wisckol, The Sun |

While emerging technologies like hydrogen are expected to be part of the energy mix, solar and wind power — and storage of the energy made by those sources when there’s no sun or wind — are at the heart of the clean energy trend.

An agreement last month between the Biden administration and California to site floating windmills in federal waters offshore of Morro Bay and Humboldt Bay is touted as a boon to the state’s wind power generation, with those turbines expected to capture stronger winds from more directions than their terrestrial counterparts..

Then there are the unknown bumps in the road to 100% green electricity. When some panelists largely skirted discussion of the obstacles about what lay ahead, moderator Karthick Ramakrishnan, director of UC Riverside’s Center for Social Innovation, quipped “maybe the devil’s in the details.”

But panelists at both events were explicit about other details, including the need to help low-income residents and businesses take advantage of clean energy. Those people and enterprises are the least likely to afford the upfront costs of electric vehicles and solar installation, yet are the most likely to suffer health consequences of fossil fuel emissions.