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Revolution Now - Accelerating Clean Energy Deployment

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This report, produced by the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, documents the accelerated deployment of five clean energy technologies thriving in the U.S. market – wind turbines, solar technologies for both utility-scale and distributed photovoltaic (PV), electric vehicles (EVs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The document builds upon previous reports and describes the decreasing cost and increasing deployment of all five technologies in the United States since 2008. It shows that this sort of high-tech clean future is plausible; there is a movement towards the right direction with falling costs and rising deployment of the right technologies.

 

Major findings include:

 

  • wind and solar PV accounted for over 2/3 of all new electricity generating capacity installed in the U.S. in 2015;
  • land-based wind accounted for 41% of all new capacity brought online in the U.S. in 2015;
  • utility-scale PV generated enough electricity in 2015 to power more than 2 million homes. It also represented 15% of all newly installed electricity generation capacity in 2015;
  • more than 1 million distributed PV systems have been installed on American homes and businesses;
  • total installations of A-type LED bulbs exceeded 200 million through 2015 - growing 160% over 2014;
  • total sales of electric vehicles has soared closer to the half million mark with 490,000 electric vehicles on the road as of August 2016.

Of particular relevance to BUILD UP

Furthermore, according to the report: "Buildings are full of hidden energy savings potential that are easy to overlook because they are housed in familiar technologies, such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment. However, with sophisticated software and advanced data and analysis being applied to everyday building operations, building owners can leverage the more than 58.5 million smart meters installed in the nation to realise the cost-saving benefits of analytics. Recently, the Energy Department launched the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign to provide technical support and recognition for owners in their use of a wide variety of commercially available Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) technologies. Paired with ongoing monitoring practices, these technologies help identify energy-saving opportunities and improve building performance for the long run. The potential for EMIS to save energy is also sizable: as much as 10-20% energy savings is possible in a single building, and if EMIS best practices were adopted by all target buildings in the U.S. commercial sector, over $4 billion in cost savings could be achieved. From single buildings to large portfolios, owners are moving building energy and operations into the age of smart, ongoing, data-centred analytics.

 

To download the full report, please click on the link provided below.