According to ACORE’s new report The Outlook for Renewable Energy: 2014, this growth is expected to continue, driven by increasing cost-competitiveness with conventional generation, technology advancements, and growing acceptance by Americans to embrace clean and renewable technologies:
- The wind industry remains on schedule to grow to supply 20% of the U.S. power grid by 2030, with the first offshore projects expected to come online.
- Solar will see 26% growth in 2014, with installations reaching nearly 6 GW, and possibly 10 GW in 2016.
- The U.S. will continue to be a world leader for geothermal development, with 2.5 GW of projects currently under development.
- The hydropower industry will see significant activity over the next five years, with a number of proposed hydropower projects in the FERC pipeline at various stages of the regulatory process.
- Additional marine and hydrokinetic demonstration projects will be brought online as developers aim to reduce their costs.
- Development of biomass and waste energy facilities will continue throughout the country, especially in the Southeast and Northeast where feedstocks are plentiful.
- Production from advanced and cellulosic biofuels facilities will increase as more commercial-scale plants are brought online and production costs continue to decline.
Further scale up requires evolving and cost-effective policies that drive continued private-sector investment. We should promote the expansion of all proven forms of renewable energy, whether centralized or distributed power generation, transportation fuels, thermal energy, or other technologies. America needs a diverse array of options to transform its energy sector to meet 21st century needs.
With the right policy mechanisms in place, the potential of America’s clean energy economy extends beyond one fuel choice or pipeline, and provides the country with an unparalleled opportunity to reinvigorate our economy while protecting our environment. An America powered on renewable power, fuels, and thermal energy is a stronger, more secure, prosperous and cleaner America.
To learn more about what’s in store for wind, solar, biomass, biofuels, waste, ocean, hydro, and geothermal energy, read ACORE’s new report: The Outlook for Renewable Energy: 2014.