Economic growth, energy independence, and new job creation are just a few of the many reasons that a majority of Americans consistently support developing renewable electricity.1
Solar, wind, hydropower, biomass, geothermal, and waste-to-energy are already providing more than 13 percent of the U.S. electricity, and renewables are capturing an increasing share of the power grid every year.2 In 2013, the major renewable electricity technologies provided well over 527,000 megawatts of power to the utility grid – enough to supply the equivalent of 43 million average homes.
Renewable electricity is now more affordable than ever, as technological innovations continue to lower costs. And as renewable power comes online, the US renewable industries are an important source of jobs, now directly employing more than half a million Americans, according to a 2017 US Department of Energy study. Chances are, you have a renewable facility in your community, know someone who works in the renewable industry, or already receive part of your power supply from renewable resources.
The recent growth of the renewable electricity sector is one of greatest success stories of the 21st century, and further commitment to a clean and renewable America is the fastest way to build future energy security and prosperity.
1Gallup, Americans look to conservation and renewable energy for solutions, 4/2/2014