The US generates approximately 80% of its energy from fossil fuels, while just 11.4% is being generated from renewable sources.
In a poll Verdict has conducted to assess whether the US will be able to achieve more than 80% clean energy for its power grid by 2050, a majority 47% opined that it will achieve, including 23% who strongly agreed and 24% who agreed with the statement.
On the contrary, 40% of the respondents opined otherwise, including 24% who disagreed and 16% who strongly disagreed.
The remaining 13% of the respondents neither agreed nor disagreed that the US will be able to achieve such feat.
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The analysis is based on 306 responses received from the readers of Power Technology, a Verdict network site, between 18 November 2020 and 17 March 2021.
Road to 100% clean energy for the US
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a study stating that the US can generate 80% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050. It noted that electricity demand can be met using existing commercially available technologies throughout the year and across the country.
The US Energy Information Administration has projected in its Annual Energy Outlook 2021 that the country’s share of renewables in the energy mix will increase from 21% in 2020 to 42% by 2050. Wind energy will be the principal contributor to the growth of energy generation from renewable sources from 2020 through 2024, accounting for two-thirds of the growth.
The NREL’s study, however, added that fundamental changes are required to be made to the grid system to handle the electricity generated by renewables. New high-voltage transmission lines and electricity storage technologies, apart from institutional reforms and policies, are required to achieve the goal.