The bold vision created by a renewable energy advocacy coalition calling for 25x’25 is becoming a reality. A new report titled, “Meeting the 25x’25 Goal: A Progress Report,” shows that between 2004 and 2009, renewable energy produced in the U.S. increased by 23 percent. In May of 2009, 11.5% of all energy produced in the U.S. came from renewable sources, a record for the clean energy sector. Those numbers and the influence of the vision don’t appear to be shrinking.
The report summarizes the role several energy sources will play in the future including: biofuels, biodiesel, biogas, biopower, wind, solar, geothermal and hydro.The report also comments on the numerous constraints to progress: policy constraints, insufficient infrastructure and variances in biofuels blending are just a few named differences.
“The 25x’25 progress report demonstrates the tremendous progress that has been made by the renewable fuel sector to create a cleaner, more energy independent nation,” Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, told EPM.
Formed in 2004, the 25×25 alliance initially aimed at meeting 25 percent of the nation’s energy needs with renewable energy by 2025.