The Biden-Harris administration has announced that federal facilities in Arkansas will be powered by locally supplied 100% clean energy. This move is part of the administration’s efforts to combat climate change and achieve a net-zero emissions economy by 2050. The initiative will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality in the state.
The project will be implemented in partnership with the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC). AECC will provide the federal facilities with electricity generated from a new solar farm in the state. The solar farm is expected to generate 100 megawatts of electricity, enough to power approximately 18,000 homes. The project is expected to create jobs and stimulate economic growth in the state.
This initiative is part of President Biden’s broader plan to invest in clean energy infrastructure and create millions of jobs across the country. The administration has set a goal of installing 30 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2030. The administration has also proposed a Clean Electricity Payment Program to incentivize utilities to switch to clean energy sources. The program would require utilities to increase their share of clean energy over time, with penalties for those that fail to meet the targets.
The administration has also proposed new fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save consumers money on fuel costs. The standards would require automakers to achieve an average fuel economy of 52 miles per gallon by 2026. The administration has also proposed new regulations on methane emissions from oil and gas operations, which are a major contributor to climate change. The regulations would require companies to monitor and repair leaks, and would set limits on emissions from new and existing sources.