The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) released the 2012 edition of its report, Renewable Energy in the 50 States, as an interactive, online resource. Compiling updated financial data, resource potentials, market and policy information in one easily-accessed, online format, the report is intended to be an executive summary for all who are interested in the highlights of the renewable energy sector in every state.
The report shows that in 2011, the total installed base of renewable electricity exceeded 145 GW in the U.S. with more than 67 GW from non-hydropower sources. Every region in the country experienced growth in the 2011 to 2012 period, from new wind farms in the Midwest, advanced biofuel facilities in the Southeast, solar farms in the West, to hydropower facility improvements in the Northeast. Washington, California, and Texas led in cumulative renewable power capacity, while Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois led in renewable fuels capacity.
While support for renewable energy has faced uncertainty from a divided Congress, aggressive state initiatives – such as the binding renewable energy targets in 29 states plus D.C., and the recently-implemented production incentives in several others – have helped to drive market demand by encouraging manufacturers, developers, and end users to invest in and use renewable energy in-state. However, even as some states are passing new and expanded support structures, others face the scaling back of important incentives. Such actions, coupled with reduced federal support, could stifle once booming state markets. It is up to renewable energy proponents in each state, and organizations like ACORE, to educate about the economic, environmental and health benefits of renewable energy and to be active public supporters of our industry.
Further information particular to each state is detailed under its two-page executive summary in the report. The report may be accessed at no cost from: http://www.acore.org/publications/50states
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