27 Apr '16, 7pm

Americans used less energy in 2015, but more wind, solar, and geothermal power

Americans used less energy in 2015, but more wind, solar, and geothermal power

dropped 12 percent while natural gas use went up 3 percent; however, residential natural gas use decreased .5 percent due to the mild winter. Renewable energy makes up for the slack with wind energy increasing by 5 percent, geothermal energy by 11 percent, and solar power by 11 percent. The falling prices of photovoltaic panels and boom in utility scale solar projects is partially responsible for the changing tide. The results also show that petroleum use by residential and commercial sectors has risen 2 percent, yet the hope instilled by other energy sources can inspire us enough to make it through to next year.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/americans-used-less-energy-in-2015-b...

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