December 13, 2012

Renewable Energy Growth

Here is one reason for optimism.  More renewable energy generation capacity was brought online this year than any other source of generation capacity. 

Renewable energy accounted for 46 percent of the new generation capacity that came online in the first 10 months of 2012, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, whereas natural gas plants' share was 38 percent. As has been the case for several years, wind power accounted for the lion's share of renewables, with 35.8 percent of all new U.S. capacity. In the month of September, 100 percent of the nation's new electricity capacity came from wind and solar. While both renewables and natural gas have thrived, nuclear and coal's overall contribution to the nation's energy supply has been on the decline.

We are starting to make the transition to a cleaner energy future. 

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