Things look dire in the struggle to mitigate climate change. Nature reports that the carbon reduction pledges signed during the Paris Agreement will be inadequate in limiting global climate change to the 1.5 degrees Celsius hoped for during the talks. In fact, the ability to prevent that much change may already have closed. The Wall Street Journal has announced that even Exxon Mobile has begun advocating a carbon tax to better control carbon emissions.
But there are encouraging signs about investment in renewable and alternative energy from the Obama administration in North America. In talks hosted in Ottowa this week, the leaders of the United States, Canada, and Mexico are expected to announce measures that will increase the generation of clean and renewable energy to 50% by the year 2025.
In 2015, coal represented 1/3 of the energy generation sources in the United states. Another third came from natural gas, 20 percent is nuclear energy, and hydropower, wind energy, solar energy, and other renewables make up the remainder. Bringing the totals up to 50% across all three countries will represent a large challenge, particularly since the United States is the largest consumer of electricity.
Investment in clean energy rose to twice the investment in fossil fuels in 2015, and the coil and oil markets are in decline. With commitments from leadership in a future that relies on clean energy, it seems like a good idea to begin developing the infrastructure to support renewable energy. Engineers should seize opportunities to develop systems for energy management, energy metering, smart metering, and manufacture of renewable energy technology now.
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