facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Report: U.S. lags in renewable energy

June 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- U.S. production of renewable energy has increased in the past decade but it still lags far behind Europe and is only slightly ahead of Mexico, researchers said.

The Natural Resources Defense Council said the United States got about 2.7 percent of its electricity from renewables in 2011, making it No. 7 among G-20 member countries.

European countries get more of their electricity from wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable sources than any other region in the world, a NRDC release reported Monday.

Renewable energy is expected to be a central issue of discussion at the upcoming Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil, with the NRDC urging countries to implement policies to increase the percentage of electricity they get from renewable sources to 15 percent by 2020.

Some smaller, non-G-20 countries -- such as Spain, New Zealand and Iceland -- already get more than 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources, the report said.

Favorable governmental policies and strong private-sector investments have resulted in a 300 percent increase in renewable energy production in the United States in the last decade, the NRDC report said.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Massive sunspot sending violent flares toward Earth Massive sunspot sending violent flares toward Earth
2
Powerful new microscope sees cell division in real time Powerful new microscope sees cell division in real time
3
Google exec breaks skydive record with dive from near-space Google exec breaks skydive record with dive from near-space
4
Coal-rich Poland wants concessions in EU climate deal Coal-rich Poland wants concessions in EU climate deal
5
Stone tools reveal Ice Age settlement in the Andes Stone tools reveal Ice Age settlement in the Andes
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback