It is a new era for American energy. In 2015, increased use of sustainable energy set the stage for a U.S. triple play of carbon reductions, cost savings and economic growth.

The 2016 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook – produced for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, provides up-to-date, accurate market information about the broad range of industries — energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural gas — that are contributing to the country’s move towards cleaner energy production and more efficient energy usage.

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  • American energy productivity has increased by 13% from 2007 to 2015.
  • 2015 was a record year for natural gas production, consumption, flows to power generation and volumes into storage.
  • Renewable energy is a prominent part (20%) of the U.S. 2015 capacity mix, with 222GW installed across the country, a 57% increase over 2008 levels.
  • Total U.S. investment in clean energy topped $56 billion in 2015, the second highest level in the world.
  • 2015 U.S. power sector carbon emissions fell to their lowest annual level since 1995.

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Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) provides unique analysis, tools and data for decision makers driving change in the energy system. With unrivalled depth and breadth, BNEF helps clients stay on top of developments across the energy spectrum from our comprehensive web-based platform.BNEF has 200 staff based in London, New York, Beijing, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Munich, New Delhi, San Francisco, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Washington D.C., and Zurich.

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is a coalition of companies and trade associations from the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors. The Council membership also includes independent electric power producers, investor-owned utilities, public power, commercial end-users and project developers and service providers for energy and environmental markets.

For more information please contact Laura Tierney of BCSE at 202-785-0507