The ‘New Normal’ in America: Renewables Boom, Emissions Plunge and Consumers Save More Than Ever


Is sustainable energy the new normal? Julia Pyper, Senior Editor at Greentech Media, reviews the 2017 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook

She notes several key findings from the factbook:

  • U.S. economy grew by 10 percent since 2007, while energy consumption fell by 2.4 percent.
  • Total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions hit a 25-year low in 2016, down 12 percent from their peak in 2007
  • Electricity demand is down 1.2 percent from its 2014 peak, while GDP has grown by 4.2 percent
  • The U.S. added 22 gigawatts of renewable generating capacity last year, setting a new record for annual renewable energy capacity additions.

You can read the full article here.

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