Today’s energy mix in the United States is undergoing dramatic change. Traditional energy sources are declining, while natural gas, renewable energy and energy efficiency are on the rise. The 2013 Factbook is researched and produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Highlights from the Factbook include:
- Renewable energy installations 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 20% since 1980 and investments in smart grid topped $4 billion.
- In 2012, carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions from the energy sector dropped by 12% from 2007 and were at their lowest level since 1994.