Clean energy industries represented the growth sectors of the U.S. energy economy over the past decade, providing good-paying jobs while supporting a cleaner, healthier future for communities across the nation. CEBN and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy are pleased to launch this interactive suite of infographics documenting the clean energy economies across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This data provides a snapshot of clean energy deployment, jobs, CO2 emissions, energy efficiency, and local impacts of federal investments in energy R&D.
On a nationwide scale, the 2021 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, documents the macro-level trends in the transformation of the U.S. energy economy.
- In 2010, nearly half of U.S. electricity came from coal. Today, that’s down to roughly 19%, replaced by zero/low-carbon technologies such as renewables and natural gas.
- Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. set new records for clean energy. Wind generation increased 12% from 2019 to 2020, hydropower grew to account for 35% of total renewable output, and more solar capacity was added in 2020 than any previous year.
- In fact, over the past decade, natural gas and renewables have made up 95% of new build.
- Over 3.36 million Americans are working in clean energy, and wind and solar were among the fastest-growing occupations in America.