U.S. Getting Left Behind In 21st Century Energy Technology

By on March 8, 2017
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March 9, 2017

The United States is becoming a second-rate power in the development of increasingly important alternative energy technologies, as the world weans itself from carbon-emitting fossil fuels. In 2016, according to an article on the Futurism website, China more than doubled its solar energy production and is now the biggest producer of solar energy in the world. China’s solar production facilities include an installation in Qinghai province, said to be the largest in the world, with four million solar panels covering 27 square kilometers. China also led in wind power installation in 2016, according to an article in BRINK, a digital platform from Marsh & McLennan Companies. In 2016, China installed 23.3 gigawatts of wind power capacity, almost three times more than the United States, which was second, followed by Germany. Also of note in Europe: An article in Business Insider Nordic reports that last year about 45 percent of Denmark’s electricity was produced by wind and that recently the country achieved a milestone: On one windy day, February 22, Denmark’s  wind farms generated enough electricity to power the entire country. Meanwhile, in a key U.S. fossil-energy state, the governor has proposed two taxes that are said in an article by Mayer Brown attorneys to be “anti-wind.” One of them, a new tax imposed on existing projects, “might make wind and other types of developers think twice before making large capital investments in Oklahoma.”

 

One Comment

  1. Letitia White

    March 9, 2017 at 9:25 am

    These countries do not have access to cheap internal supplies of natural gas, which is a low polluting fossil fuel.

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