The National RPS Symposium recently held in Washington D.C. has shed light on the numerous benefits of renewable energy. The symposium was organized by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and brought together over 300 participants, including policymakers, energy experts, and industry professionals.

The primary focus of the symposium was to discuss the benefits of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), which is a policy that mandates a certain percentage of electricity generated in a state is from renewable sources. The panelists discussed how RPS has contributed to an increase in the deployment of renewable energy and has helped decrease the carbon footprint of electricity generation.

The symposium highlighted the economic benefits of renewable energy. According to the panelists, renewable energy has been an engine of job creation, with over 3.3 million people employed in the renewable energy industry in the United States alone. The symposium also highlighted the economic benefits of investing in renewable energy, indicating a steady increase in investment in renewable energy projects.

The environmental benefits of renewable energy were a central topic. Details shared during the symposium indicated how the transition to renewable energy has helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly. Solar power installations, for instance, have prevented around 80 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

Attendees were vocal about the health benefits of renewable energy, particularly focusing on the shift from fossil fuels to renewable sources. Panelists discussed how renewable energy has helped reduce the adverse health impacts of air pollution, particularly respiratory conditions.

Several panelists insisted that renewable energy is now cheaper than traditional forms of energy. With the decrease in the cost of clean energy technology and the increase in investments, the prices of renewable energy have dwindled significantly. This cost reduction in renewable energy has made renewable energy more affordable for individuals and businesses.

In conclusion, the symposium helped highlight the benefits of achieving 100% clean and renewable energy, particularly through the use of RPS. Renewable energy has the potential to drive economic growth, lead to job creation, improve public health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. State policymakers, industry actors, and energy experts must continue to work together to explore opportunities and create policies that promote renewable energy deployment.

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