Given all the hot air emanating from his campaign and now from his transition team; one may be forgiven for thinking Trump is going to decimate the US wind business. However much of his vote came from wind-rich states. Here's two other little known facts: the top five US wind states all voted for Trump and 68 percent of all wind generated electricity is from Republican states.
The US renewables industry now employs substantially more people than the nuclear, oil, gas and coal industries combined: 769,000 vs. 444,000 to be precise. That's not too shabby considering renewables generates 9% of US energy vs. 91% from nuclear, oil, gas and coal.
Time to cry foul on those claiming renewables destroy jobs.
Following 15 years of double-digit growth (and stagnation in the nuclear industry), in 2015 the installed capacity of U.S. wind and solar surpassed that of nuclear. Critics of renewable energy will point out that nuclear has a generation capacity factor which is higher than both wind and solar. True - but that misses the point: the renewable industry is growing (jobs, economic development - get it?) and nuclear is not.
Full year 2015 data just in and shows that California leads the pack with an impressive 8.8% of their entire annual electricity generation coming from solar power (both photovoltaic and thermal). Not bad for America's most populous state (39 million people) and one which, if it was a country, would have the world's 7th largest economy.
Data just in from the solar industry shows that in 2015 solar PV ousted natural gas to claim the number two spot for new US generation capacity additions. That's pretty incredible when you think that the solar industry has come from almost nowhere in 10 years. More evidence, as if it was needed, that the North American electricity industry is in the middle of massive change.