The United States of America is situated in the central and northwestern parts of the North American continent. The country is divided into 50 states, the district of Columbia and dependent territories (Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau)
According to the New Energy Outlook 2016 by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the US is going to produce about 44% of its energy from renewable sources by 2040, compared to 14% in 2015. Natural gas contribution will decline from the current 33% to 31%.
As of mid-2016 29 US states have legislatively set renewable energy goals for the next decades.
Solar energy in USA
Wind energy in USA
Geothermal energy in USA
The southern US states are promising in terms of geothermal energy.
Italian Enel Green Power, one of the leaders in the segment in the world, presently operates two geothermal energy plants in the states of Utah and California – Stillwater and Salt Wells having a total capacity of 33 MW.
Advanced transport in USA
State and municipal tax incentives and federal-level tax credit programs help EV sales rise quickly in the correspondent states. in 2015 27 US states offered different types of subsidies to buy low or zero emission vehicles which made them about 25% cheaper than conventional combustion engine cars.
The popularity of the highly acclaimed Tesla Model 3 showed that consumer interest in the ZEV market is on the rise. However presently customers prefer hybrid models, and experts predict a sharp growth of HEV sales in the near future. The University of California reported HEV and PHEV sales to increase about 5% by 2020 and 15% by 2025. EV sales totaled 300 thou in H2 2015 with 6 most popular models of 21 available on the market totaling 80%.
EV sales are additionally supported by a rapid growth of the number of charging outlets (about 14 thou outlets in the USA in 2016, of which about 2 thou are located in California: IRENA). State policies have great influence on how fast the infrastructure grows, too. In 2015 nine states (accounting for 30% of the US car market and 80% of the EV market) adopted ZEV programs.
Solar Investment Tax Credit — ITC, 2006
Solar Investment Tax Credit is one of the most important mechanisms used by the US Government to promote solar energy. ITC was first applied in 2006, and was prolonged several times (last time the Congress prolonged ITC till 2023 at the end of 2015) which provided an average annual rise of installed solar panels of 76%. The tax deduction totals 30% for residential and commercial property.
Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act — PURPA, 1978
The first attempts of the US to support renewable energy dates back to late 1970s, the period of President Carter presidency. The world’s energy crisis which burst out in 1978 made the US Federal Government adopt an energy resources policy law named Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act — PURPA. According to some forecasts, crude oil price might rise to USD100 per barrel so the US was willing to lower its dependence on fuel imports, diversify the energy portfolio and support the development of alternate energy sources.
PURPA resulted in a growth of independent energy production by non-utility companies, by mid 2010s their market share reached 7%. Before PURPA was applied only utility companies had had the right to own and operate energy generation facilities while the Act made them on the contrary buy a part of energy from independents who managed to produce cheaper energy.
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- Uber acquires self-driving trucks developer Otto
- Uber launches self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh
- Tesla and SolarCity unite
- Aurora — solar power plant (PV) — 150 MW, USA, 2016
- Chinese tech corp to challenge Tesla
- Wind Hits Record Highs: 62 GW of Wind Capacities Installed by 2016
Latest and coming renewable energy events in USA
- Sept 27-29, 2016 — Solar Asset Optimization 2016: Conference on solar market investments, San Diego (USA)