The publication of the Fifth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, made headlines recently with a familiar message: The climate is warming, people are causing it, and we are ill prepared to deal with the direct and indirect effects of climate change.
Indeed, it is a grim outlook, but when looking at one indicator not covered in the IPCC report – revenue from deployment of smart energy technologies – there are signs that things are moving in the right direction to reduce emissions.
One group, the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), is a national association of businesses and business leaders who seek to make the global energy system more secure, clean, and affordable. The group takes a big tent approach to clean energy. It is bankrolled by one of the leading advocates and funders for the United States taking a leadership position in deploying clean energy, Tom Steyer. AEE has identified seven core segments that make up the advanced energy industry: transportation, electricity generation, fuel production, electricity delivery and management, fuel delivery, buildings, and industry.
For the past 2 years, AEE has commissioned Navigant Research to quantify the advanced energy industry market sizes for the United States and globally. We have identified 41 categories and 80-plus subcategories that meet the AEE definition and put the detailed findings and key trends in the report, Advanced Energy Now 2014 Market Report. Below are some key findings from the report that illustrate the breadth and depth of technologies that are capable of reducing emissions and U.S. activity in those markets.
- The global advanced energy market reached an estimated $1.13 trillion in 2013.
- In the United States, the advanced energy market was an estimated $168.9 billion in 2013 – 15% of the global advanced energy market, up from 11% in 2011.
- Advanced transportation is booming: Navigant Research forecasts annual plug-in electric vehicle sales will reach approximately 467,000 vehicles in the United States and 80,000 in Canada by 2022 – slightly faster than hybrid electric vehicles sales grew in their first decade.
- The United States accounted for an estimated 18% of the global solar PV market that approached $100 billion annually in 2013 and far surpassed 100 GW of cumulative installations in 2013.
- LEDs are expected to be the leading lighting technology over the next decade, with LED lighting products (including lamps and luminaires) in commercial building markets forecast to grow from $2.7 billion in 2013 to more than $25 billion in 2021.