28 Nov '11, 6pm

Renewables in the U.S.: Growing fast, but not fast enough

Renewables in the U.S.: Growing fast, but not fast enough

Last month, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released the "2010 Renewable Energy Data Book " [PDF], which is a cornucopia of charts, facts, and figures on energy use in the U.S. The top-line conclusion for climate hawks is familiar: Renewable energy is growing rapidly, but not rapidly enough; it remains a small fraction of overall energy production and consumption. Here's the graphic that best captures the current situation: Click for larger version. NREL: 2010 Renewable Energy Data Book [PDF] Non-hydro renewables remain a small part of the U.S. energy story. More to the point, the sexy renewables -- solar, wind, and geothermal -- are a rounding error . Of the total energy consumed in the U.S. in 2010, solar was 0.1 percent and wind was 0.9 percent. Even with biomass, hydropower, and nuclear thrown in, low-carbon energy amounts to just 17 percent of energy c...

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