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Fact 20: Renewable Energy Approaching Fossil Fuel Parity

Posted on Jan 12, 2008 in Facts | 0 comments

Fact 20: Renewable Energy Approaching Fossil Fuel Parity

Renewable Energy Becoming Cost-Competitive with Fossil Fuels in the U.S.  On September 18, 2006, the Worldwatch Institute and the Center for American Progress released a 40-page study “American Energy: The Renewable Path to Energy Security.” The report notes that renewable energy resources provide just over six percent of total U.S. energy today, but that figure could increase rapidly in the years ahead. Many of the new technologies that harness renewables — including WIND, SOLAR, GEOTHERMAL, and bio-power — are, or soon will be, economically competitive with the fossil fuels that meet 85 percent of U.S. energy needs. Dynamic growth rates are driving...

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Fact 19: Vermont Can Be 50% Renewable by 2016

Posted on Jan 8, 2008 in Facts | 0 comments

Fact 19: Vermont Can Be 50% Renewable by 2016

Vermont Can Get More Than Half its Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources by 2016 Vermont can get more than half its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2016, more than enough to replace the power the state currently gets from the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant or from Hydro Quebec according to a new Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) report. The 26-page report, “A Decade of Change: A Vision for Vermont’s Renewable Energy Future” was authored by James Moore, a Clean Energy Advocate with VPIRG, and released on August 17, 2006. It outlines a clear, achievable path to a clean, safe and affordable electricity future for Vermont. SUMMARY: In...

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Fact 18: Renewables Could Provide 99% of U.S. Electricity by 2020

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 in Facts | 0 comments

Renewable Resources Could Provide 99% of U.S. Electricity Generation by 2020 On January 16, 2006, the Energy Analysis Office (EAO) of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) issued for the Office of Science a DRAFT analysis, for comment, of the technical potential for renewables. EAO’s preliminary analysis included a summary table representing near-term and ultimate technical potential for RENEWABLE ENERGY resources (economic and market considerations are not taken into account). The seven-page document is entitled “Near-Term Practical and Ultimate Technical Potential for Renewable Resources.” The representation for the near term potential is...

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Fact 17: U.S. Hydropower Can be Increased by 50%

Posted on Dec 27, 2007 in Facts | 0 comments

U.S. Hydropower can be Increased by at Least 50% In January 2006, the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) issued a report that concluded that there are a large number of opportunities for increasing U.S. hydroelectric generation throughout the United States. These opportunities collectively represent a potential for approximately doubling U.S. hydroelectric generation (not including pumped storage), but more realistically offer the means to at least increase hydroelectric generation by more than 50 percent. The 68-page report “Feasibility Assessment of the Water Energy Resources of the Untied States for New Low Power and Small Hydro Classes of Hydroelectric...

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Fact 16: Western Geothermal Potential

Posted on Dec 22, 2007 in Facts | 0 comments

Western U.S. has 13,000MW of Near-Term Geothermal Power Potential In January 2006, the Western Governors’ Association released its 67-page “Geothermal Task Force Report.” The Geothermal Task Force is one of eight that comprise the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) Clean and Diversified Energy Advisory Committee (CDEAC). It was created to review the geothermal resources of the states in the Western Governors’ Association region. Towards that end, on July 25, 2005, two-dozen members of the geothermal community met in Reno, Nevada, to assess the potential for commercial development of roughly 140 known geothermal sites. The Task Force also...

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