In 2017, renewables outpaced pure fuel additions within the U.S. for the fourth time, and accounted for almost half of the U.S.’s power capability additions.
In 2017, renewables accounted for almost 50 % of all new power capability additions in america, in keeping with a newly launched report from the U.S. Federal Power Regulatory Fee (FERC).
In whole, the U.S. added 12,270 megawatts (MW) of biomass, geothermal, hydropower, photo voltaic, and wind power capability. Wind and photo voltaic accounted for almost all of these additions. Curiously, the U.S. didn’t add any new coal capability all year long, however did add 11,980 MW of pure fuel electrical energy capability.
A Promising Development
This marks the fourth yr in a row that renewables outpaced pure fuel when it comes to power capability additions within the U.S. Some are taking the information as an indication that fossil fuels’ days are numbered, regardless of resistance from the federal authorities.
“However a year-long effort by the Trump Administration and its congressional allies to prop up coal, nuclear, and pure fuel on the expense of renewable power sources, clear power applied sciences have confirmed themselves to be amazingly resilient,” Ken Bossong, Government Director of the SUN DAY Marketing campaign, advised Clear Technica.
“The unmistakable lesson to be drawn from the previous 5 or extra years of FERC knowledge is that photo voltaic, wind, and the opposite renewable power sources are carving out a big and rapidly-expanding share of the nation’s electrical technology,” he stated.
Whereas it’s true that renewables are on the rise, the aforementioned figures don’t replicate the nation’s whole power capability — solely additions to it. Coal nonetheless accounts for roughly 23 %. Wind and photo voltaic power mixed remains to be lower than 10 %.
The U.S. is second solely to China when it comes to greenhouse fuel emissions, contributing 15 % of the worldwide whole of carbon dioxide emissions in 2015. If the U.S. needs to actually tackle its function in international warming and local weather change, it might want to proceed so as to add extra renewable power capability, whereas concurrently phasing out the fossil fuels which are contributing to our planet’s progressive warming.