claim: Clean and renewable energy is too expensive.

fact: The cost of clean and renewable energy is much lower than some might think and is already cost competitive with conventional energy resources in many markets. In the last two years, prices for wind, solar, electric vehicles and other technologies have fallen rapidly and will continue to do so, and biofuels have helped lower gas prices.

  1. Electricity from hydropower is the cheapest form of electricity when its all-in costs is compared to all other electricity generation options. (Source: Navigant Consulting / American Council On Renewable Energy, http://bit.ly/pxLXzW)
  2. The average installed cost of solar systems declined 60% in the U.S. from 2011 to 2013. (Source: Clean Technica, http://bit.ly/15FeLwl)
  3. The cost of photovoltaic solar panels has fallen 75% since 2008. (Source: Bloomberg, Credit Suisse, http://bit.ly/LaOjNf)
  4. Analysts predict that by 2017, the cost for electricity produced from new onshore wind farms will be lower than new advanced or conventional coal plants. (Source: Energy Information Administration, http://bit.ly/lp2udF)
  5. U.S. biofuel production reduced prices at the pump by more than $1 per gallon in 2011. (Source: Iowa State University, http://bit.ly/Kdoudi)
  6. There are six models of electric and hybrid vehicles that retail for under $32,000. (Source: Media Matters, http://bit.ly/HN06Vy). By comparison, the average price of a car purchased in the United States in April 2012 was approximately $30,000. (Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution, http://bit.ly/IRrlzp)

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claim: Clean and renewable energy are just for the “coasts” – not the South or Midwest.

fact: Clean, renewable energy is being produced and is supporting jobs in every region of the country, including many regions not traditionally associated with clean energy.

  1. The 5 states that receive the highest percentage of their electricity from wind power are all in the Midwest: Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Kansas. (Source: AWEA, http://bit.ly/11RHxmh)
  2. A recent study showed that adding more wind to the grid could save Midwestern households between $65 and $200 each year. (Source: Synapse Energy Economics / ACEG, http://bit.ly/JDVPUZ)
  3. 3 of the U.S.’s 5 most productive wind farms are in Texas. (Source: AWEA, http://bit.ly/165i3XY)
  4. American bio-fuel production saved the Midwest $1.69 per gallon of gasoline in 2012. (Source: The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, http://bit.ly/Kdoudi)
  5. Arizona is second in the U.S. in terms of solar electric capacity. Nevada and Colorado are fourth and fifth, respectively. (Source: Solar Energy Industry Associates, http://bit.ly/11v1bWg)
  6. 16 states get more than 10% of their electricity from renewable resources. (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, http://bit.ly/HtQ38b)
  7. The country’s top 10 hydropower producing states include Arizona, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee. (Source: National Hydropower Association, http://bit.ly/Ign5VJ)
  8. Nearly 1,000 companies in the South and Rustbelt states are part of the U.S. hydropower industry’s supply chain. (Source: National Hydropower Association, http://bit.ly/Ign5VJ)

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