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Renewable Energy Has Made Great Strides in Past Decade

Aug 30, 2017

According to a new report released in July by the Environment America Research & Policy Center, the U.S. has made enormous progress in the past decade when it comes to renewable energy. The study concludes that America is on track for all sectors to run on renewable energy by 2050. However, it said cities, states, businesses and institutions need to start planning and setting goals now to make that a reality.

Ten Interesting Renewable Energy Stats

Here are 10 of the most interesting statistics revealed in the new “Renewables on the Rise” report:

  • The U.S. now produces 43 times more solar power than it did in 2007. That’s enough to power more than 5 million homes.
  • The country produces 7 times more wind energy than it did a decade ago, enough to power 21 million homes.
  • In March of 2017, solar and wind energy combined produced 10% of America’s electricity for the first time ever.
  • Energy consumption by the average American is down by 10% since 2007.
  • The country’s energy consumption per unit of GDP is down by 14%.
  • America produces close to eight times more renewable energy than it did 10 years ago.
  • Close to 160,000 electric vehicles were sold in 2016, compared to almost none in 2007.
  • Utility-scale battery storage increased 20 times its capacity in 2007.
  • Eight in 10 Americans support expanding wind power, and nine in 10 support expanding solar power.
  • Clean energy prices have fallen drastically since 2007. For example, wind energy prices are down by 41%, rooftop solar by 54%, and LED light bulbs by 94%.

 

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