Global energy use projected to increase by 50% by 2050

Falling technology costs and government policies that provide incentives for green energy will result in the growth of renewable electricity generation to meet growing power demand

‘World’s longest operating’ solar thermal facility retiring almost entire capacity

Only one solar thermal unit will remain operating at the plant, originally with a 356MW capacity, after the eighth one is closed this month

US large-scale battery storage capacity up 35% in 2020

The country saw its battery power capacity reach 1,650MW at the end of the year

US produced the least energy emissions in 2020 ‘than it has in four decades’

Carbon emissions are expected rise by 7% in 2021 as the US emerges from the pandemic and travel and the economy start to grow again

US renewable energy consumption reaches ‘record high’ in 2020

Latest statistics reveal renewable energy was the only source of US energy consumption that increased last year from 2019 – fossil fuel and nuclear power usage both declined

US sees first year-over-year decline in natural gas generation since 2017

Production of natural gas fell nearly 7% in the first four months of 2021 from the same period in 2020, averaging 3,394GWh per day in the Lower 48 states

US wind and solar electricity hit new heights

Electrical generation by all renewables has made up 20.7% of the country’s total electrical output in 2020

US natural gas and oil production to fall in 2021

That would be a result of a decline in drilling activity related to low oil prices, with responses to the COVID-19 pandemic also leading to supply and demand disruptions

Solar and wind to make up almost 70% of new US utility-scale capacity in 2021

An estimated 15.4GW of utility-scale solar capacity is forecast to be added to the grid in the new year, surpassing the 12GW increase in 2020

US utility-scale battery storage costs fell nearly 70% between 2015 and 2018

The average energy capacity cost of rapidly decreased from $2,152/kWh in 2015 to $625/kWh three years later