The 2018 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook is now available to download, along with a summary document featuring graphs that may guide campuses in their quest to fund renewables. The Factbook highlights the expanding alternative energy industry in solar, geothermal, wind, hydropower, and biomas/biogas that may impact both campus operations and academic offerings.
Over time, the renewable energy industry has grown compared to traditional energy sources. The Factbook reflects the decoupling of the economy from energy consumption, meaning the economy has been growing while energy consumption has remained flat or declined over the same period.
Among the findings:
- Since 2008, energy productivity of the U.S. economy has grown 17.3 percent and renewable energy has doubled (currently providing 18 percent of the power generation).
- Clean energy and energy efficiency support more than three million jobs.
- Corporations and higher education institutions are investing in renewable energy with contracts totaling 2.9 GW (2.9 billion watts).
The Factbook also contains additional information on efficiency issues such as building energy codes, building commercial space and benchmarking policies, and technology use.