Powering entire countries (especially smaller ones) without fossil fuels is possible. In 2016, Costa Rica’s electrical grid mainly used renewable energy, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) stated in a Jan. 3 press release. The country went 271 days using only renewable-energy production.
On Feb. 7, The Solar Foundation released the National Solar Jobs Census 2016, an annual report on solar employment in the United States. Despite the energy source’s relatively small role on the national landscape, the solar workforce saw considerable, dramatic growth last year.
While wind and solar power have been leading the charge in renewable energy growth, other renewable industries have struggled to contribute on the same scale. Offshore wind, for example, has lagged far behind the success of its onshore cousin.
Energy Storage is a major challenge for the renewable-energy industry. With sufficient storage, when the sun isn’t shining or wind isn’t blowing, intermittent power generation wouldn’t be such an issue.
A report released jointly in October by the Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) and the World Wildlife Fund shows that leadership in the corporate world may now be fully engaged in the push for more renewable-energy generation.
A report published in December 2016, "Achieving Urban Resilience: Washington DC," documents how the District of Columbia could save $5 billion over 40 years with smart surface technologies, such as cool roofs, green roofs, solar PV, bioretention, rainwater harvesting, reflective pavements, permeable
The International Energy Agency (IEA) raised its five-year growth forecast for the renewable industry because renewable energy surpassed coal last year as the largest source of installed power worldwide.
By the time you read this article, offshore wind turbines will have moved from promise to reality in the United States. The five-turbine, 30-megawatt (MW) Block Island Wind Farm is now generating electricity off the Rhode Island coast.
Storage technology has emerged as the next stage in the evolution of renewable energy as a viable form of power on a grid scale. Governments, utilities and residential customers are embracing a wide range of storage technology to counter the variability of wind and solar generation.
Severing the cord to fossil fuels is one of the primary objectives of the renewable-energy movement, and utilities have tremendous influence. Texas has been a leader among states in tapping into its renewable resources.
On November 21, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a report titled “Assessing the Future of Distributed Wind: Opportunities for Behind-the-Meter Projects” which explores the potential of distributed wind energy in the U.S. through 2050.