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  (Source: Slice of MIT)
America continues pushing toward cleaner energy today

The UN-supported organization, Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), conducted a study that shows half of new power generated in the United States in 2009 was renewable energy.

The U.S. has taken great strides toward mass use of renewable energy. Just last year, 10 gigawatts of wind power capacity was installed in the United States, which can power 2.4 million homes. Other advancements in clean energy were made last year as well, such as the $7 million grant for Argonne National Laboratory from the U.S. Department of Energy to further solar power research.

More recently, the Obama Administration has continued contributing funds to keep renewable energy research rolling along. In April, the U.S. government approved the country's first off-shore wind farm, despite those who protested the idea, and just this month, Obama gave a hefty sum of $1.85 billion for new solar energy plants to be built around the U.S.  In addition, a promising 73 percent of Americans want to cut fossil fuel dependency in favor of cleaner methods. 

While the U.S. is moving along in regards to green technology, other countries around the world have been joining the revolution for a cleaner planet too by implementing new ideas in green technology. 

In Europe, 60 percent of new power generation in 2009 was in the form of renewable energy. But China has made the most progress when it comes to green technology by manufacturing more solar panels and wind turbines than any other country, as well as adding of 37 gigawatts of renewable energy to China's overall power generation capacity. Worldwide, renewable energy accounts for 25 percent of total power generation and provided 18 percent of the Earth's electricity in 2009. 

Despite these strides in the growing use of renewable energy, the U.S. has a long way to go before they accomplish the U.S. Department of Energy's goal of having 20 percent of America's power derived from wind by 2030.

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RE: Renewable...
By dgingeri on 7/16/2010 4:30:46 PM , Rating: 2
Renewable is all well and good, but since Colorado implemented their 15% renewable mandate, my electricity bill has gone up over 60%. I'm getting sick of paying $130 a month to cool my 700 sq ft apartment. it was $100 a month last year, and $80 a month the year before, for nearly the same usage.

Oh, sure, the actual rate hasn't gone up that much, but Xcel's "Electrical Commodity Adjustment" has made the whole bill increase considerably. they hide the rate hikes with BS charges. It was still $80/month the summer after I moved in and my last 2 bills were $130. This month is bound to be higher because it's been hotter. This is getting ridiculous.

With Obama's energy plan, I'll likely be paying $500 a month with running my AC 1 hour a night and keeping my computer off.

RE: Renewable...
By 67STANG on 7/16/2010 4:45:40 PM , Rating: 3
I pay $275 a month (in the summer) for my 2,000 sq./ft. house. California has a 20% renewable standard. I don't think you have anything to worry about. I have 4 computers (2 of which never turn off), 6 televisions and my AC is cranked down to 72. It's 104 degrees today....

The only extra I (and everyone else) pay on my SCE bill is a nuclear decommissioning fee-- obviously that's another argument altogether.

By the way, Obama doesn't have an energy plan. He has a *list* that banters to his supporters that will never really amount to anything.

Disclaimer: I'm employed by a wind turbine manufacturer, so my opinions are probably a bit skewed.

RE: Renewable...
By EglsFly on 7/16/2010 8:17:38 PM , Rating: 2
$275, wow, that is high. How many kWh did you use?
Or maybe it is also Cali taxes...

RE: Renewable...
By FITCamaro on 7/19/2010 1:26:59 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps you missed that he lives in Commifornia where power is extremely expensive. $275 sounds about right for that part of the country. Is probably not a newer home that would be more energy efficient either.

If you think that's expensive though, wait until they pass cap and trade. People I've spoken to in the energy business say costs will go up around 100%. All in the name of "saving the planet". Of course then when all the poor can't pay their power bills, Democrats will blame the power companies. We'll either have them trying to mandate energy prices which will put private companies out of business and let the government take over, have them openly try to take them over, or pass more wealth redistribution legislation which will take more of our money and give it to the poor so they can pay the power bills the Democrats caused to go up in the first place.

RE: Renewable...
By Reclaimer77 on 7/17/2010 8:51:05 AM , Rating: 2
In Europe, 60 percent of new power generation in 2009 was in the form of renewable energy.

So why is the UK predicting they will have rolling brownouts by 2015?

Because they have placed their entire future in "alternative energy" which simply cannot, and will not, meet the needs of it's citizens.

There's nothing "progressive" about pushing an alternative that is more expensive, delivers less, and isn't ready for the market yet. And yet, some on DT think the rest of the "free world" has it all figured out and us American's are just stubborn backwoods rebels.

The UK and most of Europe is in the middle of a self inflicted energy crisis. This is an absolute fact. Because political idealism was placed ahead of the needs of current and future citizens. Obama and the "Progressives" are trying to sell us that this is a model we should emulate. Hey, the "rest" of the world is doing it, we should too right?

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, it's usually a GOOD thing when the United States stands apart from what the rest of the world is doing.

RE: Renewable...
By MadMan007 on 7/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: Renewable...
By Reclaimer77 on 7/17/2010 7:59:38 PM , Rating: 2
Where? California? Where they REFUSE to embrace nuclear and other perfectly available means of power generation?

Yes, thank you for making my point.

RE: Renewable...
By Amiga500 on 7/18/2010 6:02:39 AM , Rating: 2
Correct. Various engineering bodies have warned various governments about this impending disaster within the UK. What have they done? Ignored it. Indeed, there already have been some brownouts in the South of England (partly due to other circumstances, partly due to the complete lack of reserve in the system).

Well, soon that particular chicken will come home to roost. Its probably too late to take action to resolve the issue now - the plants would not be online by the time the power demand is too high for the current grid to cope.

Should have done what France did. That move in the 70s is looking smarter and smarter by the day....

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