Today’s energy mix in the United States is undergoing radical change. Traditional energy sources are declining, while natural gas, renewable energy and energy efficiency are on the rise. Highlights from the Factbook include:
- Renewable energyinstallations hit an all-time record with at least 17 GW of new nameplate capacity added in 2012.
- In April 2012, electricity generation from natural gas equaled that from coal for the first time in US history.
- Policies and approaches for financing energy efficiency continued to make market headway; energy intensity for US commercial buildings has now dropped by more than 40% since 1980 and investments in smart grid topped $4 billion.
- Carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions from the energy sector were on pace to sink to their lowest level since 1994.
The 2013 Factbook researched and produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and commissioned by the Business Council on Sustainable Energy, offers a fresh look at the state of US energy along with the roles these new technologies and innovations now play.
A revolution is transforming how Americans produce, consume and even think about energy
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