The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has launched a new initiative to track the historic development of wind and solar power, LED light bulbs, and electric vehicles.
NRDC’s “Revolution Now” website features interactive graphs and the latest statistics on deployment and cost declines for the four technologies. Compiled from data publicly available in government and industry reports, it illustrates how each technology has been breaking records year after year while significantly declining in cost, according to the group. NRDC plans to update the information at least annually.
The website replaces a similarly named report discontinued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the Trump administration, says NRDC. The DOE published the report from 2013 through 2016.
“The DOE’s clean energy research and development investments are propelling breakthrough innovations from the lab into our everyday lives,” states Elizabeth Noll, NRDC’s Climate and Clean Energy Program deputy director of congressional and external affairs. “They’re reducing our energy bills, creating local jobs, and avoiding the pollution that harms our health and climate. Yet the Trump administration is trying to gut critical clean energy research at a time when we need to keep investing in American innovation that can transform our lives and keep the U.S. competitive globally.”
A related blog by Arjun Krishnaswami, a Schneider Sustainable Energy Fellow who helped produce the new web page, can be found here.