Renewable Energy Resources Will Rise to the Challenge

Renewable energy resources will rise in the coming years. A new study predicts we could have one quarter of our energy needs from renewable sources by 2025, if we implement the right policies now.
By Megan Hirt
August/September 2007
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A study predicts we could have one quarter of our energy needs from renewable sources by 2025.
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Renewable Energy Resources Will Rise to the Challenge

Renewable energy resources, given the right policies and conditions, could generate 635 gigawatts (GW) of new energy capacity by 2025. That would be about one quarter of our country’s projected energy needs. This favorable forecast comes from a recent report coordinated by the American Council on Renewable Energy.

The report draws on input from a wide variety of renewable energy experts, whose consensus is that wavering government support for renewable energy has been detrimental to the application of new technologies. The report calls for a comprehensive strategy aimed at making the United States a global leader in renewable technologies. “Renewable energy industries are ready to take the United States in a new direction. Now the right public policies are needed to help chart this route,” the report says. Of the 635 GW of renewable energy potential, wind would be the greatest contributor, generating about 39 percent.

And there’s more good news about renewable energy: As a result of technological advances and an increase in the supply of materials that make photovoltaic cells, solar energy costs should decrease 40 percent by 2010, according to the Prometheus Institute.


Megan Hirt is an Associate Editor for MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Find her on .








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Sandy S
4/19/2009 12:49:18 PM
I believe individuals should be paid to generate electricity, how ever they can, then feed it to the grid, it should be bought by our government, assuring small producer incomes and used to help boost our power supply. If as many as can produce as much power as they can, we can lower our reliance on imported oil, coal and nuclear. So many problems come with large tax dodging, politician bribing company domination and control of our power supply. Rural peoples could use biomass from their property instead of letting it become methane, polluting the air more than 20 times more then it being released as CO2. They could use it to generate electricity, produce income to support their land, spreading any CO2 they produce out so vegetation can use the CO2 on their property. Many did it during WW2 when most gasoline was used for the war,they used biomass pyrolisis to run cars, tractors, trucks, generators, etc. If we augment our power with solar, wind, running water, etc. on a small basis we could produce a lot of electrical power for the smart grid, it would shorten transmission distances and the losses accumulated. Government purchase of solar and wind power producing equipment and installation on government buildings will encourage solar, wind, and help companies producing small electrical generators allowing the volume to lower the cost. Time we get off our collective assets and stop letting some big polluting power company using government grants, subsidies, and our tax money to enslave us to use their power only with rules they make to discourage self reliant power production. Thought they were public utilities! Publicly supported and subsidized utilities should only be allowed to distribute or produce power, not monopolize both. They need close watches on their pollution, CO2 emissions and disposal of waste from their production. We wouldn’t want them to become “Too BIG to let fail” as seems to become the trend lately.








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