America’s Misplaced Optimism

America’s Misplaced Optimism

Often when we discuss the US transition to renewable energy we think the finish line is in sight. It’s not. The problem is scale. Thinking about things in terms of millions is a real challenge. If our transition is to be successful, we must increase communication between consumers, providers and regulators. The question ProtoGen seeks to answer is how.

 

Of all the energy the US uses, how much comes from wind and solar power? Take a guess (without Googling!).

The average American, at least according to this new survey from communications and PR firm Makovsky, has it at 20 percent — 11 percent from solar, 9 percent from wind.

That is … quite wrong. In reality, solar is at 1 percent and wind is at 2 percent.

Vox, "America isn’t using nearly as much renewable energy as Americans think"

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