Clean energy wins for America by lowering costs, spurring economic growth and fostering job creation.

The 2017 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, natural gas and renewable energy— that are contributing to the country’s move towards cleaner energy production and more efficient energy usage.

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  • In 2016, consumers devoted less than 4% of their total annual household spending to energy, the smallest share ever recorded.
  • American energy productivity has increased by 10% from 2011 to 2016.
  • Natural gas and renewable energy generated nearly 50% of U.S. electricity in 2016, up from 38% in 2011.
  • Renewable energy is a prominent part (22%) of the U.S. 2016 power fleet, with 244 GW installed capacity across the country, a 83% increase over 2007 levels.

About the Factbook Partners


Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) is an industry research firm focused on helping energy professionals generate opportunities. With a team of 200 experts spread across six continents, BNEF provides independent analysis and insight, enabling decision-makers to navigate change in an evolving energy economy. Leveraging the most sophisticated new energy data sets in the world, BNEF synthesizes proprietary data into astute narratives that frame the financial, economic and policy implications of emerging energy technologies. Bloomberg New Energy Finance is powered by Bloomberg’s global network of 19,000 employees in 192 locations, reporting 5,000 news stories a day. Visit about.bnef.com for more information.

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

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