As the ideas of sustainability and energy management become more globally recognized, people are wondering how exactly these lucid dreams will become a reality. Since the early 2000s, governments and companies worldwide have been supporting and creating programs dealing with the adoption of Sustainable Energies, Electric Vehicles, and the Smart Grid so that in the end, we can be more self-sustainable, which will inevitably and eventually help with the global economic deficit.
But let’s focus on what’s around us. In New York, Governor Cuomo touched on many green issues in his 2013 State of the State address. He spoke of Relief in response to severe weather/disasters, renewable energies, green job creation, and my favorite, the “Charge NY Plan.” The plan is to install over 2,500 public and workplace charging stations, so that a state-wide network of Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEV) charging stations is created. (Ever heard of this little place called Estonia? They have the best example of a connected charging network in the world! They have 1 charging unit to every 4 people). Another great NY entity: the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). This Public-Benefit Corp. uses the money from Cap and Trade Programs, for example, to support energy research and development. The idea is that the more emissions companies release into the air, the more money they have to pay. These payments then go into clean energy programs.
But of course, New York is not the only state with green economic ideals. Massachusetts, Colorado, California, Washington, and many others have jumped on the “Sustainable and Clean Energy Development and Management Bandwagon”. Our home state, Maryland is making great moves towards a greener future. Maryland is part of the RGGI initiative, which helps support the Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) initiatives. Maryland also has plans to offset Maryland’s energy consumption with “Solar” and “Wind” farms. Maryland, fronted by Governor O’Malley has started a council within its Transportation Authority, MD Department of Transportation (MDOT). The initiative is called the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council (EVIC) which created an action plan and a vision to support the adoption of the electric vehicles and the Smart Grid in the state of MD. Also, the city of Baltimore has already begun to change its entire public transportation fleet to clean hybrid buses.
To recap, this means “Going Green” is gaining more support with the awareness of the movement and from a kick-start from the government. Yes, these are real jobs that are being created, they just happen to be green. The competitive economy can benefit from it. These kinds of actions and agendas benefit everyone, and show results in the market.
EVI’s suggestion, research your state’s Green initiatives and Public-Benifit Corporations are doing for you.