Hillary Clinton is calling for a 700% increase in solar power. Is that realistic?

Hillary Clinton is calling for a 700% increase in solar power. Is that realistic?

In the coming months, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is planning to release a series of proposals for dealing with global warming. Her first installment came out last Sunday and sets goals for major increases in US renewable power.

Specifically, she’s vowing to boost the amount of wind, solar, and other renewables so that they provide 33 percent of America’s electricity by 2027 – enough to power every home in the country.



Let’s put this in perspective. Renewable energy currently provides just 13 percent of America’s electricity, with hydropower providing 6 percent, wind power providing 4.4 percent, and the remainder coming from biomass, geothermal, and solar (down at roughly 0.5 percent).

If no new policies are put in place, official forecasts project that fraction would rise to 16 percent by 2027. If we add in President Obama’s forthcoming Clean Power Plan – an EPA program to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants – then renewables are projected to grow faster, to 25 percent of US electricity by 2027.

Clinton wants to set that target higher still, at 33 percent. It’s an ambitious goal.

One key question is how she’d do it.


Source: Vox

Date: July 2015

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