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progpen
Posted: Saturday, September 10, 2016 10:36:37 AM

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In 2016 23 states have wind, solar or geothermal energy as one of their top 3 energy sources.

"In 1999, only 10 states generated a measurable amount of electricity from at least one of those three sources (i.e., at least one GWh, or enough to power 1,000 U.S. homes for a year). By 2015, every state generated a measurable amount of electricity from at least one of those three sources."

"At the end of the 20th century, electric generation in the U.S. came primarily from five sources; coal, nuclear, natural gas, petroleum, and hydroelectric." Now, since 2015, over half the states have energy production outside of those 5 sources. In some cases, states get their energy from between 6 and 9 different energy sources. This reduces the possibility of lock in, and makes the state more resilient to issues related to any one source of energy.

"Fossil fuels are seeing their dominance decline. Petroleum fell out of favor as a source of electric generation following price spikes in 2005. In 1999, 13 states had petroleum in their top three. In 2015 it was only four."

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progpen
Posted: Saturday, September 10, 2016 12:53:01 PM

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"Fossil fuels are seeing their dominance decline. Petroleum fell out of favor as a source of electric generation following price spikes in 2005. In 1999, 13 states had petroleum in their top three. In 2015 it was only four."

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ― Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Hope123
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Almost half, Progpen! (Well, I exaggerated a little. ;))

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thar
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But you have to look at the overall energy budget of not only where it comes from, but where it goes - transport, and industrial energy use (not via electricity). Overwhelmingly fossil.

progpen
Posted: Saturday, September 10, 2016 6:00:15 PM

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thar wrote:
But you have to look at the overall energy budget of not only where it comes from, but where it goes - transport, and industrial energy use (not via electricity). Overwhelmingly fossil.


That is absolutely right Thar and we do have a long road ahead of us. Most of our cities need major redesign to incorporate mass transit, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. We also need to regionalize our food, water and manufacturing so we are not transporting things across the country that can be made/produced locally. Local sustainable economies are the goal.

But the original article is good news. It means we are moving forward, albeit slowly.

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