The United States has embarked on actions to combat climate change by putting a focus on lowering the carbon emissions in the electric generation sector. A pillar of this approach is to promote the greater use of renewable resources, such as wind and solar. The past decade has seen significant growth in carbon-free energy from wind and solar. Generation from these resources reached 333,000 GWh in 2017.
However, unbeknownst to many who care about climate change, most of the progress gained through renewables to date is at significant risk due to the loss or potential loss of more than 228,000 GWh of carbon-free nuclear generation, according to this new report from ScottMadden.