Friday, October 9, 2015

USA: Report on a Tectonic Shift in America's Energy Landscape

Renewables Account for 10% of US Energy Supply (24/7 Wall St.)

Total carbon pollution in the U.S. energy sector has dropped below the levels set in 1996. By the end of 2014, about 10% of U.S. energy use came from renewable sources.

The data are included in the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) third annual energy report published earlier this month. The group reports that carbon dioxide pollution has dropped by a full 10% in the period between 2005 and 2014 and that oil consumption has fallen to levels equal to those in 1973, when the U.S. population was about one-third its current size.

As for renewables, in 2014 non-hydropower sources such as solar, wind and geothermal produced three times as much electricity as hydropower sources, 7.5% to 2.5%. Nuclear energy still accounts for 8% of U.S. electric power generation, but growth has stalled.

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