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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Non-Hydro Renewable Electricity Outshines

This is incredibly important news on the energy front, particularly on top of the story we posted recently which confirmed that, for the first time in almost a century, air pollution levels in the US did NOT go up last year.  Speculation is that we've crested here in the US and will see levels, in fact, diminish over the next decades (of course, that assumes we steer the same course around conservation and clean energy).

Given that milestone, seeing the data below which confirms that renewable energy is outpacing all other sources in terms of growth rate bodes well for reducing carbon emissions and the overall stress on the environment.  While, of course, potentially avoiding future health risks around air-borne illnesses.

This growth rate is even more gratifying given the mix of sources, geographical balance in pushing clean energy and recognizing that our grids can take on more and more renewable sources--a clear problem before.

What will accelerate this growth rate is to improve energy storage systems, thereby making wind, solar, ect more valuable to utilities who today turn off renewables in times of low demand.

Non-Hydro Renewable Electricity Outshines All Other Sources and Grows 11 Percent in 2014

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)'s latest "Electric Power Monthly" report, with data through the end of 2014, net electrical generation from non-hydro renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) increased by 10.9 percent over the previous year.

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