ARKANSAS, Oct 21 (Future Headlines)- The United States is experiencing remarkable growth in clean energy, with significant progress achieved in various renewable and clean energy technologies. The following key trends and statistics, outlined in the “Renewables on the Rise 2023” report, highlight the impressive strides made in the clean energy sector.
Solar power generation in the United States has surged nearly 12-fold since 2013. In 2022, the U.S. produced enough solar energy to power 19 million homes, a nearly 12-fold increase from 2013.
Wind energy production has increased significantly, with the United States now generating 2.6 times as much wind power as it did in 2013. In 2022, the U.S. produced enough wind energy to power nearly 41 million typical homes.
The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) has seen substantial growth, with over 925,000 plug-in EVs sold in 2022. This marks a more than 10-fold increase from 2013, reflecting the growing interest in clean transportation options.
The number of electric vehicle charging ports in the U.S. has soared, exceeding 151,000. This represents a nearly 18-fold increase from 2013, supporting the convenience and accessibility of EVs.
In 2021, energy efficiency improvements were installed, expected to save 300 terawatt-hours of power over their lifetimes. This level of energy savings is equivalent to powering 28 million homes for a year and reflects the commitment to energy conservation.
The U.S. has seen a remarkable increase in battery energy storage capacity, with 8.9 gigawatts of capacity at the end of 2022. This marks a 60-fold increase from 2013 and an 85% growth compared to the end of 2021.
In 2022, the United States sourced nearly 17% of its electricity from solar, wind, and geothermal power. This percentage has surged from just over 5% in 2013, highlighting the increasing significance of renewables in the energy mix.
In 2022, 14 U.S. states produced the equivalent of more than 30% of the electricity they used from solar, wind, and geothermal power. This substantial growth in renewable energy use has increased from just two states in 2013.
These trends reflect the United States’ commitment to expanding its clean energy infrastructure and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Achieving significant advancements in solar, wind, electric vehicles, energy efficiency, and battery storage capacity indicates the nation’s transition to a cleaner and more sustainable energy landscape.
The report emphasizes the importance of seizing opportunities to further boost renewable energy in the United States. For example, over 100,000 big-box superstores have flat, open, sunny rooftops suitable for solar panels. Leveraging these rooftops can significantly increase solar electricity generation, potentially producing 84.4 terawatt hours annually.
This amount of solar energy can power nearly 8 million average U.S. homes, equating to the electricity needed for 35 midsize American cities. Additionally, such solar expansion can reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to removing over 11.3 million gas-powered cars from the road. These opportunities illustrate that the clean energy sector still holds substantial untapped potential, and further growth can contribute to a greener, healthier future.
As the United States continues to invest in clean energy technologies and embraces renewable sources, the nation moves closer to achieving a clean energy future marked by reduced emissions and increased sustainability. These ongoing efforts will play a critical role in addressing environmental challenges and ensuring a more sustainable energy landscape.
Reporting by Kevin Wood; Editing by Sarah White