A report issued this week by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) claims that up to half of our electrical power and 40% of our transportation energy requirements could be met by 2025 with renewable resources with a couple of policy tweaks.
Understandably this information has been published far and wide, but unlike other studies, this seems to have hit the mainstream spawning coverage in venues like CNN/Money. From their article:
“We still have elected officials who believe renewable energy cannot power this country, and I think that is incorrect,” ACORE president Michael Eckhart said on a conference call. “We can deliver huge amounts of energy in an environmentally sustainable way.”
What we have here is a failure to communicate
ACORE’s projections differ sharply with those of the U.S. government and most major oil companies, who say renewables will continue to account for between 5 to 10 percent of the country’s energy use by 2030.
Eckhart noted the government’s forecasts are made considering only current policies and laws, but said ACORE’s study highlights what could be done with laws and policies that encourage renewable energy use.
“Renewable energy doesn’t amount to much unless you change policy,” he said.
It’s encouraging to see that this type of message is making it into mainstream media and, I’m encouraged to see a multi-dimensional approach to the challenge using a portfolio of renewables. Nice work ACORE.