Renewable energy continues to make significant strides in the United States, with power from zero-carbon sources accounting for 41% of the country’s electricity mix in 2022, according to the annual Sustainable Energy in America 2023 Factbook.
While nuclear and hydropower have remained relatively stable at 19% and 10%, respectively, the rise has come from wind and solar power, whose costs have decreased significantly in the past two decades. Additionally, electric vehicle sales surged by 50% in 2022, making up 7.1% of all new cars sold, increasing the total number of EVs in the US to nearly 1 million.
Despite carbon dioxide emissions increasing by 1% due to a rise in energy usage, the growing adoption of clean energy and electric vehicles, alongside the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, is set to “turbocharge” the US transition to clean power and meet its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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