The Future of Energy: The Low-Carbon Energy Transformation is Happening – Now

2C Energy is working to change the way businesses think about energy, because we see the market for energy changing – already.

The U.S. energy market is in the middle of a fundamental transformation – and that’s proven to be true regardless of Washington’s policies.  Consider this:

  • 2016 was the third consecutive year in which renewable technologies – especially wind and solar – made up more than half of the new generating capacity added to the U.S. power grid.
  • Businesses that cut carbon emissions by just 3% annually over seven years could save as much as $190 million in lower energy bills, increased productivity and innovation. That means there’s a growing market for energy efficiency – and growing opportunities to meet that goal and make money doing it.
  • In 2017, wind power surpassed coal to become the second-largest electricity source in Texas, a  milestone once unimaginable as even the energy capital of the United States embraces renewable energy.

The United States is not an outlier – we are an exemplar, not an exception. The energy transformation is truly global.  Consider this:

  • In 2016, roughly twice as much was invested in renewables capacity worldwide than in fossil fuel generation.
  • The Indian government is advancing plans to install 100 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2020 – more than double the U.S. capacity.
  • China recently announced a $361 billion investment in clean energy, which the government estimates will create 13 million jobs.

The market is moving towards low-carbon sources of energy because that is what governments and consumers are demanding.  American energy businesses can only succeed in the long term if they move in that same direction – first.

Sustainable Village Project, Malawi, Africa

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
– Albert Einstein

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