Summer is rapidly approaching with it high temperatures that spur energy demand, which, in turn, exacerbates climate change through the emission of more GHGs from our electricity generating stations. Throughout the nation, peak demand, that is the traditional hallmark of lazy summer afternoons that get hotter as our planet warms, lead to brownouts because of the lack of nationwide incentives for conservation.
A recent Stanford study measured against the electricity produced by the panels found the industry has reached a phase of net generation. Prior to this point, the global photovoltaic industry required more energy than it generated to produce its products.
Don’t expect it to gain much traction, but Senate Democrats put forward a politically interesting package this week when they proposed what some are calling a “choose-your-own-adventure” carbon tax. The plan really sets forth a series of options on how to implement a carbon tax, how much to charge, and where to put the money once they have it.