Renewable energy from wind, solar, hydropower, and biomass sources has dramatically improved over the last decade. These renewable energy sources are spreading to more countries and constituting a larger proportion of those countries’ energy profiles.
On a practical level, consumers and businesses alike are increasingly using things like LED lighting in lieu of less-efficient incandescent bulbs.
On the heating and cooling front, renewable energy sources like geothermal, solar, and even biomass has expanded with innovations like solar water heaters and industrial space heating.
The rise of solar hasn’t been limited to at-home heating, though. Solar panels are being installed on homes, especially in Southwest states like New Mexico, at a record pace.
This is saving homeowners and property managers big bucks and even allowing them to sell back excess electricity to the grid in exchange for usable credits.
The Perception of Renewable Energy Is Changing Rapidly
The perception of what renewable energy sources can do has changed (and improved) rapidly over the past decade.
Looking at the transportation sector, who would have thought that biodiesel and ethanol could grow so much over the past decade?
The Surprising Power of Lithium-Ion Batteries
For that matter, who 10 years ago would have thought that Elon Musk and his company Tesla would create some of the most impressive cars ever tested by Car and Driver and Consumer Reports?
The Model S and more recent Model X are all-electric vehicles that have made a huge splash in the industry and drastically changed the perception of all-electric vehicles.
All of the power of the Tesla Model S and Model X lineups—and that’s a lot of power because both the Model S and Mode X top out at 532 horsepower and zip from 0 to 60 MPH in well under 4 seconds—is generated by lithium-ion batteries.
Today, there are plans to start using lithium-ion battery technology to meet peoples’ general electricity needs thanks to storage units and Tesla’s massive, recently constructed Gigafactory right outside Reno, Nevada.
Wind Power Is Becoming a Major Player
On the wind energy front, countries like Denmark have drastically changed the perception of what wind power as an alternative fuel source can accomplish.
It’s not surprising that Denmark has made the most strides over the last 10 years in wind energy. In the 1970s, Denmark installed the first large-scale wind turbine system, and the country set its expectations high for the generations to come by aiming to get 100% of its energy from renewables by 2050.
Denmark is well on its way to achieving that goal since in 2014 Denmark met nearly two-fifths of its total electricity needs via wind power.
In the same way that solar and lithium-ion are now being utilized to meet our daily electricity needs, renewable wind energy is carving out a place for itself as an energy juggernaut.
Renewables Have Created Energy Independence and Energy Security
Better and more affordable renewable energy technologies over the last decade have resulted in more energy independence for entire countries and more eco-friendly products for consumers.
A shift to renewable energy has also likely slowed the harmful effects of climate change by reducing carbon emissions.
All the while, renewables have created millions of new jobs for the global economy, more energy security for individual countries, and more options for consumers worldwide.
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