Wind and solar to lead renewable energy demand growth in US

The Freedonia Group
December 06, 2017
Written by The Freedonia Group
Dec. 6, 2017 - U.S. demand for renewable energy is forecast to reach 12.6 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in 2021, according to Renewable Energy: United States, a report recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports. Demand for solar energy is forecast to rise 20 per cent per year, the fastest among the resource segments. Government incentives and renewable portfolio mandates will propel rapid expansion in solar energy production capacity and demand. In addition, falling component prices and suppliers' improving installation experience are deflating project costs.

More information about the report is available at 

Demand for wind energy is forecast to expand 7.2 per cent, the second fastest among resource segments. Heavy investment in the segment – spurred by government incentives and technology developments – will continue to drive the expansion of wind energy capacity for electricity generation.

These and other key insights are featured in Renewable Energy: United States. This report forecasts U.S. renewable energy demand and production in Btu to 2021. Total demand is segmented by resource in terms of:
  • wood and waste biomass
  • hydropower
  • biofuels
  • wind
  • solar
  • geothermal
Total demand is also segmented by market as follows:
  • electric power
  • industrial
  • transport
  • residential
  • commercial
To illustrate historical trends, total demand, production, and the various segments are provided in annual series from 2006 to 2016.

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