Many of us may not be aware of how much things are changing when it comes to the sources of energy used to power our country and countries around the world.
The following are a few examples of what is happening:
According to the latest Statistical Review of World Energy published by energy giant BP, coal production fell more in 2016 than any other year on record. Coal production reached a peak in 2011 around the world, but since then has been on a steady decline globally.
From 2000 to 2014, the use of diesel to power millions of trucks, trains, and manufacturing equipment in China has been on a steady increase. But in 2016, it dropped by nearly 250,000 barrels per day.
There has been a big increase in the use of energy renewables such as wind and solar around the world. While they still provide a small proportion of global energy, renewables have been on a steady increase for the past decade. Today in the U.S., renewable energy sources account for about 10 percent of total U.S. energy consumption and about 15 percent of electricity generation.
In California, the dramatic increase in the use of solar power has been so great that about half the electricity generated in the state now comes from solar. Just 15 years ago, the state produced virtually no solar power.