Energy Issues

Reliability

ReliabilityFor the past several decades, there were legitimate questions surrounding the ability of renewables to scale up and meet a substantial amount of our energy needs. But as the technology improved, output increased and generation became more reliable. Renewables are now being deployed at a rate that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.

16.73% of U.S. electricity generation capacity now comes from renewable sources, and renewables were responsible for nearly half of the generation capacity added to the U.S. grid last year.1
Source:
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, January 2015
http://1.usa.gov/1DnFJs4
And many states can boast a significant reliance on renewables already – California, the 2nd most energy intensive state in the country,2
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, July 2014
http://1.usa.gov/1aR1bvs
already gets 30% of its electricity from renewables.3
Source:
American Council On Renewable Energy, September 2014
http://bit.ly/1me1uEW
Both Washington and Oregon get over 75% of their electricity from clean energy, most of it from hydropower.

The uptick in renewable energy deployment is thanks in some part to the rise of utility-scale installations. Large-scale wind farms have popped up across the country, including the world’s largest onshore wind farm, a 1.3 GW installation in California.4
Source:
California Energy Commission
http://bit.ly/1BPrjBk
And the Department of Energy loan guarantee program has helped make the U.S. the home of several of the largest solar installations in the world.5
Source:
U.S. Department of Energy, February 2015
http://1.usa.gov/1AOKBB7


Improvements in grid management and the increasing cost-effectiveness of electricity storage are two of the biggest reasons for the increased reliability of renewables, and those trends show no sign of slowing down.

  Jul 20, 2015  |    Des Moines Register, July 2015

  Jun 18, 2015  |    REN21, June 2015

  Jun 18, 2015  |    International Energy Agency, April 2011

  Apr 28, 2015  |    U.S. Department of Energy, April 2015

  Apr 23, 2015  |    Reno Gazette-Journal, April 2014

  Apr 23, 2015  |    Chicago Tribune, April 2015

  Sep 04, 2014  |    The Hill

  Sep 02, 2014  |    Washington Examiner

  Aug 20, 2014  |    NBC

  Aug 19, 2014  |    U.S. Department of Energy

  Aug 11, 2014  |    USA Today

  Aug 06, 2014  |    Environment Pennsylvania

  Jul 30, 2014  |    Christian Science Monitor

  Jul 11, 2014  |    KTVZ

  Jul 09, 2014  |    ACORE

  Jul 07, 2014  |    Energy Recovery Council

 

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