August 22, 2016: Energy Matters: Renewables

 IF the DC Court rules in favor of the Clean Power Plan, expect the share of energy generated by renewable and nuclear energy sources in the US to increase from 38% in 2015 to 45% by 2025.

- Planned corporate investment in energy efficiency is at an all-time high. 

- Apple has gotten approval from Ireland to build a wind-farm on the island.

- The US Department of Defense is the second-largest consumer of renewable electricity in the world. Only Google buys more. 

- The US DoE offers incentives for the purchase of LED lights in 48 states because the agency considers the widespread adoption of the technology essential: "LED lights offer the greatest potential impact on energy conservation in the country." 

- Installed residential solar is declining in California (down about 6%) but burgeoning in other areas, like Texas. 

China installed 20 gigawatts (GW) of solar power capacity in the first half of 2016, three times as much as the same period a year ago

 

Courtesy of American Energy Society and Eric Vettel.