Renewable Energy Prospects: United States of America

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Title: Renewable Energy Prospects: United States of America
Description: REmap 2030 is IRENA’s assessment of how countries can work together to double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030. It represents an unprecedented international effort that brings together the work of more than 90 national experts in nearly 60 countries, who continue to collaborate through global webinars, regional meetings, and national workshops involving technology experts, industry bodies and policy makers. The global REmap report was released in June 2014. Following on from this global report, IRENA is releasing a series of country specific reports built on the detailed country-level analyses that are the hallmark of REmap. REmap 2030 is both a call to action and a remarkable piece of good news. The good news is that the technology already exists to achieve the aspirational goal of doubling renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030, and even to surpass it. Strikingly, taking external costs into account, the transition to renewables can be cost-neutral. However the call to action is this: unless countries take the necessary measures now, we will miss the goal by a considerable margin. As the second largest energy consumer in the world the United States must play a pivotal role in meeting this goal. The US has the potential to lead a global renewable energy transition. It has some of the best wind, solar, geothermal and biomass resources, and a leading culture of innovation, entrepreneurism, and finance. Compared to energy systems based on fossil fuel, renewable energy offers broader participation, is better for our health, creates more jobs and provides an effective route to reducing carbon emissions – a goal that becomes increasingly urgent by the day. Many renewable energy technologies already provide the most cost-effective option for delivery of energy services, with innovation and increasing deployment continuing to drive costs down. But amid these advances, there are still misconceptions on the positive impact that renewable energy has to offer in a global drive for a sustainable and inclusive growth.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1242
Date: 2015-01


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