A Renewable Energy Future is Well on Its Way

Climate change has been almost completely absent from discussion by major party candidates in the current political cycle . But almost unnoticed, renewable energy that will make a difference in controlling rising global temperatures has been growing quickly. Solar power in the US is expected to almost triple by 2017, according to the US Department of Energy. Solar has become the biggest driver of the renewables sector of the energy industry, projected to grow to nine percent next year, up a point from this year. The reason: a combination of federal tax credits for installations, regulations to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants, and technological advances that have created cheaper, more efficient solar panels. Looks like policy and the private sector are getting the job done without a strong push from candidates for office.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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