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

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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.

 

http://www.bcse.org/sustainableenergyfactbook/

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