Published on September 27, 2020 |
by Johnna Crider
September 27, 2020 by Johnna Crider
At Tesla’s annual shareholders meeting and Battery Day event, CEO Elon Musk said something that should have made the headlines: “The United States is moving towards sustainable energy.” On this topic of sustainable energy, Elon Musk noted that ultimately everything we do will be done with sustainable energy. In Tesla’s case, it’s helping with electric vehicles (EVs), solar power for homes and businesses, energy storage for homes and businesses, potentially greener mining, and possibly systems. home HVAC eventually.
The fact that we are moving forward with clean, renewable energy in the face of the Trump administration, which has sought to destroy all the hard work that previous administrations (not just Obama’s, but several others as well) have done in regards to our environment It’s almost miraculous, but it shows how competitive wind and solar power has become. Before talking about the growth of renewables, let me briefly go back to that previous statement. There are many examples that show how our current president is harming our planet, such as:
The full list is much longer. In light of the dark shadow that this administration has cast on our planet, there is at least hope that renewables are on the rise.
CleanTechnicaThe latest US power generation report, released yesterday, shows that electricity production from renewables in the first 7 months of the year fell from 19% of electricity production in 2018 and 2019 to 21% in 2020.
In addition, in the first half of the year, more than half of the country’s new electric capacity came from renewable energy sources – 27.3% of new electric capacity came from solar energy and 29.4% from solar energy. ‘wind power.
Additionally, a report last week showed that 47 U.S. states could meet all of their electricity needs using state renewables. The report, written by Maria McCoy and John Farrell, shows that if all states were to “take full advantage” of their renewable resources, renewable generation as-is would even be more than enough to charge electric vehicles and power electric heat. .
Other evidence supporting Elon Musk’s claim comes from Texas, the state that is, ironically, America’s largest oil producer. If this oily state is well known for its economy rich in “black gold”, Texas is also the fourth state in capacity of solar energy installed in the United States. It is also the leading state in the country in terms of installed wind capacity. Texas’s electrical capacity was 30% carbon-free at the end of 2018, with 23.4% coming from wind power. Enter Tesla Giga Texas, which, when fully online, will bring Tesla’s clean tech manufacturing and innovation (and plenty of jobs) to Texas.
Coal divestiture and hope for clean energy
Although Donald Trump has claimed he was going to save the American coal industry, it is dying quickly under his administration. As CleanTechnica director Zach Shahan reported yesterday, electricity from coal has increased from 26.9% to 17.7% in recent years.
The credit isn’t owed to Trump, however – it’s the market that’s been doing what it’s been doing for much longer, pushing out coal. CleanTechnica readers knew that Donald Trump’s claims that he would “save” the coal industry were a lie when he made them on the campaign trail. The downward trend in coal was unstoppable. Coal went from 50% in 2005 to 45% in 2010 to 33% in 2015 before continuing to decline to 18% in 2020.
Jimmy Simpkins, who worked as a coal miner for 29 years, said The Guardian, “The coal is finished. Forget the coal. He will never be able to return to what he was at our peak. It can’t happen. This coal is not there for mine. The article notes that many are pinning their hopes on clean energy and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal.
Carl Shoupe, a retired coal miner who had worked as a union organizer for 14 years, noted that people need to stop relying entirely on the coal industry as an economic resource for the region. “What we’re doing is trying to move into the 21st century and move beyond coal,” Shoupe said.
Renewable energies> Coal
Last May, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that U.S. renewable energy use exceeded coal for the first time in more than 130 years. The period was between 1776 and 2019. “This result mainly reflects the continued decline in the amount of coal used for power generation over the past decade as well as the growth of renewable energies, mainly wind and solar,” said noted the EIA.
While solar power has grown the fastest in recent years, most renewable electricity in the United States comes from wind and hydroelectric power, as you can see in the charts above.
Elon Musk was 100% right when he said that the United States is moving towards sustainable energy. America is moving towards sustainability, and we are doing so despite the challenges this administration continues to throw at us.
To learn more about Tesla’s contribution to this part of the sustainable energy revolution, check out “Elon Musk Explains Why Tesla Solar Power Is So Cheap – CleanTechnica Exclusive.”
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