Bloomberg New Energy Finance for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy
…Highlights from the Factbook include:
- Renewable energy installations hit an all-time record with at least 17 GW of new nameplate capacity added in 2012.
- In April 2012, electricity generation from natural gas equaled that from coal for the first time in US history.
- Policies and approaches for financing energy efficiency continued to make market headway; energy intensity for US commercial buildings has now dropped by more than 40% since 1980 and investments in smart grid topped $4 billion.
- Carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions from the energy sector were on pace to sink to their lowest level since 1994. [H/T: Climate Wire]