- Posted June 11, 2012 by
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US of A Losing Clean Energy Production Race
If development, production and moving to clean energy was a race, the US of A would be lagging behind in the sprint. While the US has made gains in moving away from traditional sources for provision of electricity, the country still falls behind and doesn't seem to have the legs at the moment for the long run.
Hey, but the good news? The nation is ahead of Mexico, India and China!
The United States has tripled its production of clean energy in the past decade, but it still lags far behind Europe and Indonesia and is only slightly ahead of Mexico and India in the share of electricity it gets from renewable sources, a report Monday says.
About 2.7% of U.S. electricity came from wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable sources last year, up from 0.66% in 2002, according to the scorecard by the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group advocating for more renewable energy.
Germany got four times as much -- or 10.7% -- of its power from these sources last year, followed by Italy (6.2%), Indonesia (5.7%), United Kingdom (4.2%) and Argentina (2.8%.) Mexico and India came in right behind the U.S. with 2.6% and 2.4%, respectively.
China lags behind them, at 1.5%, but it invested more money than any other country last year to boost its clean energy production, which is now 27 times higher than a decade ago, according to the NRDC report.
The report, along with a similar one released Monday by the United Nations, comes as renewable energy is expected to be a prime issue at the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development's 20th anniversary Earth Summit -- called Rio+20 -- in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, beginning June 20th.
The collapse of companies such as Solyndra, Evergreen Solar, SpectraWatt, Solar Millenium and Solon shows the solar industry is maturing, the report says, adding:
In 1903, the United States had over 500 car companies, most of which quickly fell by the wayside even as the automobile sector grew into an industrial juggernaut. Today, the renewable energy sector is experiencing similar growing pains as the sector consolidates.
From the Cornfield, in time, with patience, I am sure that the US of A will move up to front ranks.