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11/16/2012 03:31 PM     print story email story  

Renewable Energy, State By State News

The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) released the 2012 edition of its report, Renewable Energy in the 50 States, as an interactive, online resource.

It contains all the information you'd want to know about the status of renewable energy in every US state - resource potentials, market and policy information, and financial data.

As of 2011, there are 67 gigawatts (GW) of non-hydro installed renewable energy. With hydro included, it adds up to 145 GW. 

During the first six months of 2012, non-hydro renewable sources supplied 5.76% of US electricity demand

Every region of the country has seen growth in the past two years, led by Texas, California and Washington in electricity, and Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois in biofuels.

That's even in the face of uncertainty from a divided Congress, thanks to binding renewable energy targets in 29 states plus D.C., and recently-implemented production incentives in several states.

The online resource provides a quick snapshot for any state you click on, showing the installed capacity of each type of renewable source, its potential and how the state ranks.

Another useful resource at the state level policies are the 10 most important state solar policies.

Here's ACORE's online resource: 


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