+ Additional Resources
- DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy)
- Energy Information Agency
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Hydropower
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Renewable Integration
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Electricity Markets and Power Group)
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- U.S. Forest Service, Biomass
Low Costs. Huge Economic Benefits.
Well-paying jobs, economic investment in communities, energy independence, and a cleaner environment are just a few of the many reasons that a majority of Americans consistently support developing renewable electricity.
Solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower and other renewables are already providing more than 14 percent of the U.S. electricity, and wind and solar energy in particular are capturing an increasing share of the power grid every year.
Renewable electricity is now more affordable than ever, as technological innovations continue to lower costs. And as more renewable power comes online, the U.S. renewable industries have become a job engine. Together, they now directly employ more than half a million Americans, according to a 2017 U.S Department of Energy study. One out of every 50 new U.S. jobs in 2016 was in the solar industry, and wind turbine technician is the fastest growing job category in the country.
The recent growth of the renewable electricity sector is one of greatest business success stories of the 21st century, and further commitment to a clean and renewable America is the fastest way to build future energy security and prosperity.