The Business Council for Sustainable Energy launched its annual Sustainable Energy in America Factbook today, and the findings are putting—the 2010s actually had been the last decade renewable energy went mainstream. Actually, the renewable power era increased by 77 percent between 2010 and 2019, reworking the way in which we energy American properties and companies.
At the moment, the U.S. has 3 times the quantity of wind that it did when the 2010s started. As famous after we introduced the U.S. wind trade’s 100 gigawatts (GW) milestone, it took 28 years to construct the nation’s first 25 GW of wind. However, it solely took 11 to construct the subsequent 75. That’s an explosive progress price, and with one other 44 GW of wind below improvement and a burgeoning offshore wind useful resource, more wind is on the way in which. Trying pan renewable, the Factbook finds virtually 150 GW of wind and solar have been constructed over the previous decade.
By the top of the last decade, wind and solar initiatives have been usually the lowest-cost sources of new electricity. So not solely had been these clear sources rising quickly; they have been additionally coming down in value and offering reasonably priced energy.
Giving additional proof to renewables’ affordability, the Factbook notes that retail energy costs – the costs you and I pay for electrical energy – have been flat or declining over the previous decade. Not solely have renewables not triggered costs to extend; in addition, they haven’t impeded financial development. In actual fact, the U.S. has posted 10 consecutive years of financial development, and 2019’s $19 trillion GDP was 25% greater than it was in 2010. This means the U.S. economic system continues to develop even whereas our power sources have gotten cleaner, proof we don’t have to decide on between a powerful economic system and a clear atmosphere.
In 2010, corporations selecting to hunt out clear vitality to energy their operations was just about remarkable. Nonetheless, it’s a commonplace at the moment. The truth is, AT&T and Walmart were two of the three largest purchasers of wind energy in 2019.
The 2020 Factbook finds that at the very least, 18 regulated utilities now have inexperienced tariff packages that permit massive electrical energy customers to decide on renewable energy sources, and U.S. firms bought sufficient wind- and photo voltaic-generated electrical energy to energy eight million homes.