Clean energy delivers for America—more jobs, increased economic growth, greater energy productivity and fewer emissions.

The 2018 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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  • American energy productivity has increased by 17.3% since 2008.
  • Natural gas and renewable energy generated 50% of U.S. electricity in 2017, up from 31% in 2008.
  • Clean energy and energy efficiency support over 3 million jobs in the U.S.
  • In 2017, U.S. power sector greenhouse gas emissions fell 4.2% to their lowest annual level since at least 1990.

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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 equipment manufacturers, 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