As Trump promises to ‘cancel job-killing’ energy red tape, US renewables grow

In a week where President-elect Donald Trump said he would “cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy, including shale energy and clean coal”, figures have shown that renewables are becoming an increasingly important part of the U.S. energy mix.  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book, released earlier this week, showed that renewable electricity in the U.S. increased to 16.7 percent of total installed capacity and 13.8 percent of total electricity generation. The NREL also said that renewable electricity represented 64 percent of electricity capacity additions in 2015, compared to 52 percent the year before, while “renewable electricity generation” grew by 2.4 percent. Electricity generation from solar increased by 35.8 percent, while wind electricity generation rose by 5.1 percent.