2015 Energy Data Book Outlines High Ongoing Growth in Renewable Electricity
As fossil fuels compete with increasingly advanced and cost-effective renewable energy technologies, electricity generation continues growth in sustainable capacity and generation.
Team Gemini develops projects using a variety of technologies to help advance sustainable applications of energy generation and resource management. From electric power, thermal energy, water conservation and treatment, and production of bio-products, effectively using abundant resources like the sun, wind, and waste (including organic and non-organic biomass) are part of an increasingly-relevant and growing infrastructure that powers communities and businesses.
In the sector of electricity generation, renewables like solar and wind continue playing important roles, as evidenced by the 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book:
U.S. renewable electricity grew to 16.7 percent of total installed capacity and 13.8 percent of total electricity generation during the past year. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the data book illustrates U.S. and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends.
Wind electricity installed capacity increased by more than 12 percent (8.1 gigawatts) in a year, accounting for more than 56 percent of U.S. renewable electricity capacity installed in 2015.
U.S. solar electricity installed capacity increased by 36 percent (5.6 gigawatts), accounting for nearly 40 percent of newly installed U.S. renewable electricity capacity in 2015.
Renewable electricity accounted for 64 percent of U.S. electricity capacity additions in 2015, compared to 52 percent in 2014.
Installed renewable electricity capacity increased to more than 29 percent of total electricity capacity worldwide in 2015. Renewables accounted for more than 24 percent of all electricity generation worldwide.
For more on the data book, see the EERE Blog.
While solar and wind dominate renewable electricity generation in the U.S., holistic sustainability measures ultimately depend on a variety of technologies to implement. Properly dealing with waste and limited water resources is a major factor in becoming sustainable, and various options exist to couple renewable energy generation with waste remediation. No single technology as of yet can provide all solutions, so Team Gemini and its members actively develop closed-loop project solutions involving bio-products, sustainable agriculture, water treatment, and more.
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For the original article, please refer to NREL News outlets.