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Tell the U.S. Department of Energy: Stop the bias against renewable energy

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Tell the U.S. Department of Energy:

“The Energy Information Administration chronically overestimates the cost of renewables like solar and wind, while underestimating the cost of fossil fuels.. This constant bias hurts clean energy investment and development, which is vital to the U.S. economy and our effort to combat climate change. End the Annual Energy Outlook’s bias against renewable energy.”

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    Tell the U.S. Department of Energy: Stop the bias against renewable energy

    Every year, the U.S. Department of Energy releases the Annual Energy Outlook, an important report about the future of energy in America. It forms the basis of energy policy and investment for both the government and businesses by providing projections and cost estimates for various sources of energy.

    But here’s the problem: This report chronically overestimates the cost of renewable energy like wind and solar while underestimating the cost of dirty fossil fuels every single year.

    It’s a bias that tilts the playing field toward dirty fossil fuels like coal and natural gas, and away from the clean energy sources that are crucial to combating climate change and jumpstarting America’s clean energy economy. It’s time to put that to an end.

    Tell the Department of Energy: Stop the bias against renewable energy.

    The recently released 2015 report projected that by 2040, the U.S. would increase its consumption of renewable energy by only 2 percent.1 According to the same report, the U.S. will only add 48 gigawatts of solar generating capacity by 2040, while solar energy experts contend that half of that amount will be added by 2016 alone. Meanwhile, the report continued its pattern of underestimating costs for dirty fossil fuels like coal and fracked natural gas.2

    Furthermore, the report doesn’t base any of its estimates on planned or predicted changes in public policy that will have a dramatic effect on future U.S. energy consumption, including fracking bans that would significantly raise the cost of natural gas, extensions of tax credits for solar power, and impending EPA rules that will limit carbon emissions from power plants and lower our dependence on coal.

    This out-of-touch, head-in-the-sand analysis about America’s energy future is unnecessarily prolonging our reliance on dirty fossil fuels, putting our climate and health at risk while holding back a new wave of clean energy jobs and investments. It’s time to end the bias.

    Tell the Department of Energy: Stop the bias against renewable energy.

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    1. "Annual Energy Outlook 2015"

    2. "This Federal Report Underestimates Renewables Every Year, And Energy Experts Have Had Enough,"ThinkProgress, April 15, 2015.