1. I took this course because I am majoring as anelectrical engineer in hopes of specializing in renewable energy production.
Itold my academic advisor about my aspirations and he recommended this class tome since it would expose me to the topic of renewable energy. The class also fulfillsmy Technology and Society requirement and is convenient since it is online.2.
I expect to learn about the impact that fossil fuelsand renewable energy has on the environment and on society. More specifically,how our sources of energy affect our energy and land usage and how they can beimproved upon in terms of efficiencies in conversion. I also expect to learnhow I positively impact global energy issues since it is a topic of concern in theworld.3. More than 94% of net new electricity capacity inthe USA from renewables in 2017 – emissions down 1%https://electrek.
co/2018/01/12/94-percent-new-electricity-capacity-usa-from-renewables/ As fossil fuel infrastructure retires, renewablesare the dominant choice in new infrastructure that were built in 2017. With anet total of new energy generation being 16.7GW, renewables accounted for 94.7%of that capacity. Yet, when combined with other new fossil fuel infrastructurebeing built on a utility scale, renewables only made up 49.2% of the electricitygenerating capacity.
Back in 2016, 27 GW of new utility scale infrastructurewas built with renewables accounting for 62% of that generation. According tothe article, carbon dioxide emissions were lowered by 1%, yet this is lowerthan the average of 1.6% reduction of emissions per year from 2005 – 2016. It’sinteresting to note that in March of 2017, solar and wind electricity combinedaccounted for 10% of the electricity usage in the USA. The publisher of thearticle then goes on to explain that new solar power generation is down, with 14.5GW being built in 2016 and 11 GW built in 2017.