Greenpeace: Nearly 100% Renewable Energy is Possible

By 2050, the United States can switch to nearly 100 percent renewable energy and phase out coal and nuclear power, according to a new report from Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council.

The report, “Energy [R]evolution – A Sustainable USA Energy Outlook,” provides a blueprint for transforming U.S. electricity, transportation, and heating systems to reduce carbon emissions that heat up the climate.

“Growing concerns about climate change and air pollution, along with quickly falling costs of renewable energy, are already upending the utility industry’s business model and threatening to turn fossil fuel reserves into stranded assets,” said Sven Teske, a renewable energy expert with Greenpeace International.

“The Energy [R]evolution report demonstrates that the rapid changes in the energy sector could expand dramatically, with major implications for many industries,” said Teske.

The report details how by 2050, renewable energy sources could provide around 97 percent of electricity produced in the United States and 94 percent of the country’s total heating and cooling demand, accounting for around 92 percent of our final energy demand.

The Greenpeace-Wind Energy council plan would lead to about 1.5 million energy-related jobs in 2030. That is roughly 35 percent more than projected under the business as usual scenario outlined by the Energy Information Agency 2013 Annual Outlook.

By phasing out coal and oil, fuel cost savings in the scenario described would be $6.1 trillion, or $153 billion per year, and overall costs would be about 50 percent lower than the government outlook, the report calculates.

The United States would reduce carbon pollution 39 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 and 60 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, the groups estimate.

“The most recent National Climate Assessment makes it very clear that we need national policies to expedite a clean energy economy,” said Kyle Ash, senior legislative representative for Greenpeace USA.

“Fortunately, the energy market is phasing out coal and phasing in renewable energy at a rapid pace, but this must be quickened to avoid climate consequences much worse than the wildfires, droughts, and superstorms the country is already experiencing,” said Ash.

This report is the latest in a series of global, regional, and national Energy [R]evolution scenarios which are online at:

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