Renewable energy is on growing. Roughly fifteen percent of the electricity generated within the United States comes from renewable sources like wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower and biomass. This amounts to sixty-four million of the 411 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of total electricity generated in July, in line with the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That’s a jump up from just nine percent since a decade. Renewable energy has gone from a novel idea to commonplace. It includes large-scale wind farms to single panels installed on rooftops.
The trend has several environmentalists questioning about the future of U.S. energy. As a part of the Ensia Answers project, in which readers counsel topics to be explored in future articles, the expansion in renewable energy prompted reader Cynthia Pannucci to submit the following question “Financial support of renewable energy technologies in the U.S. looks sturdy currently. Is our ready to utilize it effectively?” Our referring to the electric grid.
The short answer to the present question is no. However, as renewables become a bigger part of the pool of electricity generated in the United states, the “grid” which is the network of electricity generation, high voltage transmission lines, substations, and distribution lines. These lines bring power to homes and businesses and this is the line that is being updated to accommodate renewable energy technologies.
Electricity producers and also the utility corporations that distribute that electricity to households and businesses throughout the country are operating to make it easier for renewable sources to supply that power, according to John Jimison, for a Clean Energy Grid, a non-profit support group that specializes in modernizing the grid. “The basis of the transition is the need to get off carbon-based energy and stop emitting greenhouse gases,” Jimison says. “That’s a priority for everyone who understands the science.”