And now the UK is betting big on electric vehicles too...
When I moved to the United States from Britain in 2006, solar panels were a relatively rare sight, wind turbines were largely solitary and on land, and offshore wind was something that the Danes were just experimenting with.
A lot has changed since then.And Business Green reports that 2017 was the greenest year ever for electricity in the UK, with CO2 emissions from the electricity sector half what they were just five years ago in 2012.
Whether it's the dramatic and soon-to-be total collapse in coal consumption, the growth in solar power, or the massive expansion of offshore wind, there are many reasons for this rather monumental shift.
And while much more still needs to be done—and questions remain about current policy towards onshore wind and solar power in particular—this is an encouraging sign for the rest of the world that energy systems can rapidly decarbonize when countries put their minds to it. The other encouraging factor in this story is the fact that a decarbonizing electricity sector paves the way for much, much cleaner transportation once the electric vehicle market really starts to take off. And as reported late last year, even post-Brexit Britain is about to bet big on electric vehicles.