Why Energy in 2025 Will Be Almost Unrecognizable
In 2005, who would have thought that by 2015 the U.S. would be nearly independent of oil outside of North America, an electric vehicle would have won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year, and solar energy would be one of the fastest growing forms of new energy generation?
While the energy industry hasn’t been known as a place where Innovation flourishes, the past decade has shown that new technologies may be ready to compete against the energy sources we’ve been using for the past century. All told, we could be in for a renaissance in the energy sector. Here is a detailed look at the numerous ways the energy industry could experience nothing less than a renaissance.
Distributed power will be commonplace
Just five years ago it was rare for a homeowner or business to generate energy for its own use. By the end of 2015, over a million rooftops around the country will have some form of solar electricity generation, and while solar accounts for just around 1% of total electricity generation in the U.S. the importance of this milestone cannot be overstated.
A decade from now, millions more rooftops will have solar energy, and the power over the future of energy will lie with consumers. But there’s one big advancement needed to take this energy shift to another level.