TRANSITION TO GEOTHERMAL

The World Policy Institute notes: “The United States has 3,440 megawatts of installed geothermal electric generating capacity, enough to power some 1.4 million homes. For several decades, U.S. geothermal power was confined largely to the Geysers project north of San Francisco. With nearly 1,500 megawatts of generating capacity, this is easily the world’s largest geothermal […]

TRANSITION TO HYDROPOWER

Fewer than 3% of the 80,000 US dams generate electricity. Small hydropower (< 30 MW) could double U.S. hydropower capacity (adding 96,000 MW of new power) and creating 285,311 direct and 135,386 indirect new jobs in the west by 2025). Hydropower Industry Employment The hydropower industry currently accounts for approximately 200,000-300,000 jobs according to a […]

TRANSITION FROM OIL

  As of May 2015, US renewable energy capacity (17.05%) exceeded that of nuclear (9.14%) and oil (3.92%) combined. US Wind capacity (5.74%) exceeded that of oil.  Electric generating capacity from US petroleum-fired plants is flaring out. It fell 17,207 MW between 2003 and 2013 but electric generation fired by natural gas rose by 69,948 MW. Meanwhile wind […]

TRANSITION FROM COAL

“Between 2006 and 2016,” according to the Rhodium Research group, “US coal consumption declined by 34 percent and production fell by 37 percent. US Coal use continued declining in 2017, despite Trump policies. However, US coal production picked up 6% because of exports, while Chinese and Australian coal exports were down. Coal use is higher […]

TRANSITION TO WIND POWER

Wind power is rapidly altering energy portfolios worldwide. Page last updated 9/9/2019 As of 2018, 89,077 MW of wind power are installed across 41 states, enough to power 26 million American homes. Iowa produced 36.9% of its electricity from the wind in 2017; coal electricity production was down to 44.2% The Earth Policy Institute notes: […]

TRANSITION TO SOLAR POWER

Page last updated 9/9/2019 One Megawatt (MW) of Solar is enough to power 162 homes. Solar is now so cheap that global adoption appears unstoppable. In 2013 Palo Alto, California, purchased solar PV power for 6.9 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Costs have gone down. So in Spring 2016, Palo Alto purchased solar PV for 3.7 […]

TRANSITION FROM NUCLEAR POWER

Nuclear power is melting down thanks to rising costs and widespread safety concerns. In June 2013, after the decision to close California’s San Onofre nuclear power plant, its owner, Southern California Edison, started transferring almost $5 billion in failed repair and decommissioning costs to ratepayers. The Earth Policy Institute notes: “For the world as a whole, […]

TRANSITION TO RENEWABLE ENERGY

The fuse is lit. The longer we wait to take decisive action to restore climate stability, the harder we’ll have to work to make sure we don’t pass a point of no return beyond which our efforts to stop frying and flooding the earth will be futile. “Saving civilization is not a spectator sport.” Lester […]