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Info Series: Challenges to Creating a Sustainable Energy Future

The United States, under current presidential planning targets, will derive 100% of its electricity from carbon-free sources by the year 2035 - much of it from renewables. To achieve this goal, 838 gigawatts (GW) of carbon-based energy generation capacity, or approximately 80% of the nation’s total, will have to be replaced. Renewables will unquestionably play a major role in this transition. However, in order to make this ambition a reality, the nation must overcome a series of challenges that threaten serious consequences for energy security if not properly addressed. Pressures on talent availability, land requirements, permitting, the U.S.’s capacity to produce the necessary infrastructure, and a reliance on increasingly insecure supply chains for green energy production components should be properly considered in order to successfully transition. 

The BENS Energy Council Information Sheet Series has been produced for the purposes of drawing attention to some of these challenges. In so doing, decision-makers across the country can begin considering their ramifications and the ways in which they can be overcome. 



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