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Here's Why the US Has One-Fourth the Renewable Energy of Germany: Inconsistent Policy: photo:... th.bp #green #USRC

Here's Why the US Has One-Fourth the Renewable Energy of Germany: Inconsistent Policy: photo:... th.bp #green #USRC

Strong, consistent and clearly spelled out support for renewable energy in Germany has brought about a fifteen percentage point increase in renewable energy installation over the past decade. Though the US does have a good deal of renewable energy installed in terms of capacity--the US is in the top ranks in many renewable energy sources, though it leads in none--as a percentage of total electricity generation it's pitifully small, growing in fits and starts as policy swings from one direction to another. When the PTC lapses, wind power installation stalls. Image: Union of Concerned Scientists The Climate Progress piece explains the effect that the production tax credit has had on the wind power industry: The PTC, which provides wind project owners 2.1 cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity produced, is a fundamental incentive for the industry. However, unlike permanent cr...

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