Thursday, April 2, 2009

Renewable energy soars in 2008

Remember 2008? Prices of fossil fuels rose relentlessly during the spring and summer, "recession" and "depression" reentered the national vocabulary, and we all decided to we could do with less production and consumption.

One of the things we consumed less of was electricity. According to this report from Reuters, electricity generation dipped 1% in 2008. But while power produced by burning coal and natural gas declined 1.1% and 2.2% respectively, electricity from non-hydro renewable sources rose 17.6% compared to the previous year.

I know renewable energy growth percentages start from a small base, but a 17.6% surge is impressive. Most of the increase came from wind and solar.

With the economy still struggling in 2009, growth this year is iffy. We shall see.

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