What is Energy Transition?

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October 15, 2021 - 9:50am

Critical Commentary

This article brings forth some of the energy transition discussions and themes documented across various articles: one on anti-resilience by Shalanda Baker, one on community solar in New York, one on environmental justice placing power plants in communities, one on the TVA's shift to renewables, one on coal country and just transitions, and also one on the Yukatan's energy resilience. With climate goals being set for 2050 both in Europe, China, and elsewhere, energy transition seems closer than we would expect. Although significant work still needs to be done to push for regulation of fossil fuels, it is in our best interest to push for more energy renewables incentives. While subsidies and tax write-offs are set to expire we should demand these be extended in order to further incentivize the shift to renewable and sustainable energy. With recent events like hurricane Ida, hurricane Isaias last year, the wildfires in California, droughts and tornadoes in areas that previously did not experience them, we should really think about the implications that continuing our run on a fossil fuel economy would have for our survival. Other nations have already taken steps well before the United States and will likely be more invested in this process than the United States currently. We should consider that the energy transition is not just moving away from fossil fuels but it's a way to really save everyone; it's in everyone's best interest to move to renewable energy. Studies are being conducted on energy storage and energy capacities for renewable energy, generally calling for an overhaul of the energy electrification and energy grids in this nation that are significantly outdated and that are prone to outages. Transition is not simply moving away from fossil fuels but it's moving away from unreliable and outdated energy distribution systems. Again, energy transition should not come without regulation, it should be heavily monitored and it should be done in order to protect the interest of energy customers, the environment, and those most vulnerable to the risks of energy production. 


S&P Global. "What is Energy Transition?" (2020, Feb 24). Retrieved from https://www.spglobal.com/en/research-insights/articles/what-is-energy-tr...

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S&P Global, " What is Energy Transition?", contributed by Briana Leone, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 15 October 2021, accessed 21 April 2024. https://energyrights.info/content/what-energy-transition