US ‘could use 100% green energy by 2050’

The US could source 100% of its electricity from renewables by 2050. That’s according to a research published by the University of Stanford in collaboration with the University of Berkeley. It […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The US could source 100% of its electricity from renewables by 2050.

That’s according to a research published by the University of Stanford in collaboration with the University of Berkeley.

It also reveals every state in the country can achieve the goal by making “aggressive changes to both infrastructure and the ways we currently consume energy”.

The researchers suggest how each state could meet its new power demand by using renewable energy such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, tidal and wave.

Stanford Professor Mark Z. Jacobson said: “When you account for the health and climate costs – as well as the rising price of fossil fuels – wind, water and solar are half the cost of conventional systems. A conversion of this scale would also create jobs, stabilise fuel prices, reduce pollution-related health problems and eliminate emissions from the United States.

“There is very little downside to a conversion, at least based on this science.”