A Year in Review: Top Energy Stories of 2017
December 11, 2017 | Maxwell Technologies
As 2017 comes to a close, our team wants to provide you with
the top four milestones in the energy industry.
1. Renewable energy records set in the U.S.
2017 was a remarkable
year for renewable energy. In fact, this is the first year that the use of
renewable energy has surpassed the use of nuclear power in the United States.
As a result of new records for the solar and wind industries and the decreasing
costs associated with solar power, these two sources overtook nuclear.
2. Commitment to electric vehicles
This year, countries across the globe
announced plans to ban gas and diesel vehicles. More than a dozen countries,
including China, India and France, all want to ditch
gas and diesel in favor of electric vehicles. This is great news for our
environment, as the number of vehicles on the road is expected to increase over
the years. Many of the countries have lofty goals for the future
of transportation – and we look forward to seeing what’s next for electric
vehicles in the new year.
3. Google’s 100 percent renewable goal
At the end of last year, Google announced
that it would reach 100
percent renewable energy by the end of 2017, making it the biggest
corporate purchaser of renewable energy. The company’s energy comes from wind
and solar power, and totals 3,186 megawatts. For a company that needs a lot of
power, this was an impressive milestone and huge achievement for both Google
and the renewable energy industry.
4. Crowning a new top renewable energy source
Wind power has been steadily increasing as a
renewable energy source since 2008 – more than tripling in capacity. This past
power has surmounted hydroelectric power for the first time. Wind power has
always been regarded as a top renewable energy source and this a big win for
the wind industry. Advances in wind design technology are leading to increased
efficiency throughout the industry and the creation of more jobs. The wind
industry is predicted to employ more than 865,000 professionals, according to a
report by Navigant Consulting.
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