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Renewables Could Soon be 90% of New Capacity

As we pointed out a few months ago, America added more renewable energy in 2007 than non-renewable. That means that, yes, we are actually, for real, undeniably, headed in the right direction. Or, at least, we were...for that one year.

But according to a new report from The Prometheus Institute, we're on this path to stay. It looks, actually, like 90% of new capacity added in 2012 will be renewable, a high enough percentage that non-renewable energy will actually start declining absolutely, not just relative to the total energy mix.

Most of this new renewable energy will come from wind power, but a growing percentage will be solar. There should be about 16 gigawatts of wind coming online in the US in 2012, while solar will add 2 gigwatts. That might not seem like an impressive number for solar, but it certainly is when you see that fossil fuels, in 2012, will probably only increase by about 1 gigawatt.

All of this is only now buy cheap generic cialis being caused largely by an un-touted benefit of renewable energy...it's easier to regulate. The process for regulating new coal power plants and cialis sale (to an even greater extent) nuclear plants means, at minimum, a five year lag time between conception and beginning construction. Solar and wind have, at minimum, just a year of regulatory time.

It will be very difficult to wow it's great canadianpharmacy wean ourselves off of http://www.y-e-n.net/buy-levitra-online-canadian-phamacy coal and petroleum, but the only way to do it is to have all newly-installed power be renewable. And, in fifty-year's time, even the youngest of today's coal plants will be ready to retire. That is what we must do and, friends, it's what we're doing. Excellent.

Via Greentech Media

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written by John Rowell, April 09, 2009
This is very good news! Hope we do continue this trend.
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Whoohoo!
written by Ken Heslip, April 09, 2009
Well done America! Welcome to the team. High fives all around. Keep it up.
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how refreshing
written by James, April 10, 2009
I live in coal-polluted Ohio and it thrills me to no end as I read stories like this one. It's nice to cialis soft tablets read good news about the environment.
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written by Bob Wallace, April 11, 2009
According to some calculations the US got about 1.7% of its electricity from wind farms in 2008.

That's the beginning of serious market penetration.

(And coal dropped a percent or so....)
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written by Tim Albinson, April 13, 2009
This is great news! I have been involved with environmental issues for decades, and it’s encouraging to (finally) see such a positive trend in renewable energy.
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written by Fred, July 27, 2009
renewable energy has a good impact

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