The USA Sets a New Renewable Energy Record in March
In March 2017, the USA set a new renewable energy record. For the first time, the combined electricity generated by their wind and solar power systems accounted for 10 percent of the all energy production. Wind reached 8% and solar managed 2% of the country's total energy production.
This information was published in a report by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), which collects and distributes environmental data which is then used to inform policymakers. They note that the 10% acheived by solar and wind is expected to fall over the coming months, as their production tends to be at its highest during Spirng and Autumn, when the climate suits them best. However, they are seeing a gradual increase, year on year, in electricity production from renewable energy sources.
News of the increased levels of power generation from renewable energy comes a matter of days after the United States confirmed its desire to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. There has also been a change in their environmental regualtions, which has renewed interest in coal production.
With this in mind, it's by no means the beginning of the end for the renewable industry in America. The private sector is becoming increasingly concerned with the environment and is helping to drive a global push for renewable energy sources, like wind and solar. Every year, solar panels and wind turbines are becoming both more efficient and cheaper to install, helping them to become increasingly viable commercially, which is only going to increase investment.
The future of America is still green, but we all need to do our bit!