April 29, 2015
The movement of renewable continues to expand as the cost of alternative energy lowers allowing for greater access. The dynamics of oil and gas versus the clean once a boxing match has manged to become a competitive arena. The information that “Renewable Energy = 98% of New Electricity Generation Capacity in February (US)” is providing a new lens for energy development.
“With such a big portion of the pie, an unofficial estimate like this should be taken as such. However, the estimate is based on annual projections from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) that have proven as solid as anything else out there,” reports Clean Technica.
“If you just looked at the utility-scale side of the equation, renewables still would have accounted for >94% of new electricity generation capacity, with geothermal accounting for 52%, wind 24%, and solar 18%. Natural gas just added 5 megawatts of capacity in February according to FERC. Looking at January and February together (including my estimates for non-utility-scale solar), renewables = 89% of all new capacity, and natural gas 11%. Looking at all installed electricity generation capacity on the grid at the end of February, renewables = 17.5%, with 8.5% of that coming from hydropower, 5.6% from wind, 1.6% from solar, 1.4% from biomass, 0.3% from geothermal, and 0.1% from waste heat. We still have a long way to go.”
Definitively have a long way to go in adoption and attitude shifts that change behaviors on energy use and its place in infrastructure. The development of energy within cities is vital that advance sustainability and the reduction of greenhouse gas. The making of an energy rich affordable system that is formidable supported by smart technology is the bridge to cross.
The making of a sustainable energy is not a political behavior but a functional model in which long-term planning is the goal. When we consider modeling energy as a vital need we definitely have a long way to go.