Do you ever wonder where the power comes from when you flip on a switch? The answer may surprise you.
In 2015, renewable energy in the U.S. accounted for 11.1 percent of total energy generation. The Central Valley is well beyond the U.S. average. Today, nearly 30 percent of the energy that comes into your home is from a clean and renewable energy resource. Renewable energy resources are power from the sun, the wind, water, and even wood and dairy waste.
In California, investor owned utilities – like PG&E – are required by law to increase purchases of renewable energy to 33 percent by the end of 2020. A new law signed by Governor Jerry Brown boosts that goal to 50 percent by 2030. The commitment goes beyond the state as there are at least 215,000 residential solar customers in the Central Valley.
Hydroelectric power is currently the largest producer of renewable power in the U.S. It produced 6.14 percent of the nation’s total electricity in 2015 which was 45.71 percent of the total renewable power in the U.S. The United States is the fourth largest producer of hydroelectricity in the world after China, Canada and Brazil. United States wind power supplies 4.1 percent of the nation’s electricity. California provides the third most wind power in the U.S. behind Texas and Iowa. Several solar thermal power stations have been built in the United States as well.
A comprehensive study done by the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) shows that the U.S. can generate most of its electricity from renewable energy by 2050. The Renewable Electricity Futures Study found that it’s possible to have 80 percent of the U.S. energy to come from renewable energy resources through the current technologies, including wind turbines, solar panels, concentrating solar power, biopower, geothermal, and hydropower.
If the U.S. is able to ramp up their renewable energy generation then it will provide significant benefits. It could dramatically reduce global warming emissions, improve public health, and provide jobs and other economic benefits.
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