In today’s news, the Biden administration plans to up the amount of solar generation to 45 percent of all energy in the U.S., and more
Good morning and welcome back to another halfway mark through the workweek; here are a handful of stories to help carry you through to Friday.
Here’s what you need to know today:
The Biden administration releases plan to switch half of U.S. energy generation to solar by 2050
Today, the Biden administration released an ambitious plan to up the percentage of electricity generated in the United States via photovoltaic panels from 4 to 45 percent by 2050. The announcement is something of a broad outline whose specifics will be figured out with the passage of the $3.5 trillion budget and infrastructure bill currently being hammered out in the Senate, but to get there, the U.S. would need to double the number of solar panels installed every year through 2030. While this would obviously bolster the number of sustainable energy jobs across the country, even solar specialists have been skeptical that the administration possesses the political will to implement such a broadly ambitious project.
Still, the importance of decarbonizing the economy can’t be overstated, especially as climate change-exacerbated wildfires and hurricanes continue to ravage the United States. The Biden administration has also expressed that it wants to bring the entire energy grid to net-zero emissions by 2035.
H/t to the New York Times
Adaptive reuse and preservation expert Robert J. Verrier passes away
Architect Robert J. Verrier, FAIA, NCARB, passed away at the age of 81 on August 24. Verrier, founder of the Chelsea, Massachusetts-based The Architectural Team (TAT), spent his long career working to adapt and reuse historic structures from schools to chocolate factories, always focused on both the ecological and local impacts that reviving such buildings would have. In his obituary, Verrier’s family recalled his commitment to equity and bettering the lives of others, saying that “Verrier’s love of old buildings and his passion for the preservation of historic fabric, overlapped with his devotion to the mission of creating quality affordable, safe, and attractive housing for those in most need.”