We would like to boast a bit — and celebrate some good news. Renewables are on a roll. The clean energy industry has become mainstream and in 2014 has captured the lion's share of new generation in the United States.
From the chart below, you can see the Units and Megawatts installed in May, and the cumulative totals for 2014.
New wind and solar plants accounted for 88% of new capacity! That's extraordinary. While one month does not make a trend, you can also see that Renewables have been 54% of all new U.S. capacity so far this year.
Only 1 new coal-fired plant and no nuclear plants have been commissioned in 2014. Clean energy is now winning, bringing investors and utilities together.
We are thrilled to share GENI's recent GIS Maps (Geospatial Information Systems) posted on the Google Maps Gallery. [Editor's Note: Your positive rating and sharing of these maps helps keep these maps visible where others can see them!] [Tip: when you zoom in to the state/county level, click on a state/county, and watch for the popup window with extra information]
GENI volunteer Jorge Galindo has spearheaded this project, pulling data from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These maps were so well crafted that last week they were the Top Maps Featured on the Google Maps Gallery. These maps show the enormous renewable potential of the United States and the underlying transmission network to get that power to market.
We are excited to share these results. Unfortunately, they are not universal in all nations ï¿½ which is what's required to build a more sustainable world for all. Can we continue this trend? Will we leave a hopeful legacy for our children? Please Like, Share, Follow, ReTweet, Link and Engage this Good News!
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