Potential Green Energy States: New Report
The competitive gap between conventional fossil fuels and renewable energy has been reduced substantially with improving technologies. More than 30 American states already have laws in place that require energy companies to supply a minimum amount of green power. However, a new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory says that in certain states it is possible for renewable energy to compete against traditional power resources without subsidies.
The NREL report says that if renewable sources are built in the right locations, it could turn states such as California, New Mexico and Wyoming into green energy powerhouses. The study takes a close look at where the most cost-effective renewable energy resources are likely to be available. It says that both Wyoming and New Mexico are great candidates for the export of wind energy. Wind energy potential in these states is prime quality, developable and untapped.
The report further says that California, Arizona and Nevada are going to lead in terms of solar power. California has required that one-third of all power in the state must be generated from renewable sources by 2020, which would double the amount of renewable energy it produces. Arizona already exports three-fourths of its solar energy, and is building two more major solar projects. At present, solar energy accounts for about a quarter of the state’s renewable energy production. With the new projects in the pipeline, the figure will jump to account for more than half of the total renewable energy production.
Nevada’s combined solar and geothermal resources have the potential to provide four times the amount of renewable energy that the state needs to meet its mandatory requirements. The state’s geothermal market provides for about 75 percent of renewable energy. With two new major solar projects on the anvil, this equation could change soon.
Source: The Atlantic Cities
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