Renewables Became 2nd Most Prevalent U.S. Electricity Source in 2020

Credit to Author: U.S. Energy Information Administration| Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2021 03:26:15 +0000

In 2020, renewable energy sources (including wind, hydroelectric, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy) generated a record 834 billion kilowatthours (kWh) of electricity, or about 21% of all the electricity generated in the United States. Only natural gas (1,617 billion kWh) produced more electricity than renewables in the United States in 2020. Renewables surpassed both nuclear (790 billion kWh) and coal (774 billion kWh) […]

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In 2020, the United States Produced the Least CO2 Emissions from Energy in Nearly 40 Years

Credit to Author: U.S. Energy Information Administration| Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2021 17:40:14 +0000

In 2020, as the country responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, CO2 emissions from energy consumption in the United States fell to the lowest level since 1983. The 4.6 billion metric tons (Bmt) of CO2 emitted in 2020 was an 11% decrease from 2019, the largest annual decrease on record, according to our Monthly Energy Review. Our new U.S. CO2 emissions from […]

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The United States Consumed a Record Amount of Renewable Energy in 2020

Credit to Author: U.S. Energy Information Administration| Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2021 17:54:43 +0000

In 2020, consumption of renewable energy in the United States grew for the fifth year in a row, reaching a record high of 11.6 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), or 12% of total U.S. energy consumption. Renewable energy was the only source of U.S. energy consumption that increased in 2020 from 2019; fossil fuel and […]

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Renewables = 21.6% of US Electricity in 1st Quarter, 25.5% in March

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2021 11:10:28 +0000

Renewable energy’s contribution to United States electricity supply has been growing for years. In just the past three years, renewable energy’s share of US electricity generation in the first quarter of the year has grown by more than three percentage points, from 18.4% in Q1 2019 to 21.6% in Q1 2021. Wind power has been […]

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Solar & Wind Power = 99.7% of New US Electricity Capacity in 1st Quarter of 2021

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2021 04:02:46 +0000

Not including rooftop solar power, solar PV accounted for 36.5% of new US electricity generation capacity in the first quarter of 2021. (Note that we are talking about new power capacity in this article, not electricity generation itself.) Another 63.2% of new US electricity generation capacity came from new wind power plants. Those two combine […]

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The US Infrastructure Bill & the Costs of a Sustainable Transition

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Wed, 12 May 2021 23:16:44 +0000

By David Lapp Jost Joe Biden’s proposed $2.3 trillion-over-8-years “once in a generation” infrastructure spending bill has launched a flurry of conversation. Infrastructure spending, job creation in the post-Corona economy, and a national response to climate change are on the table. This is good, but if this is supposed to answer our environmental crisis, the […]

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Solar & Wind Provided 11% of US Electricity in First 2 Months of 2021

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Sun, 09 May 2021 11:10:09 +0000

Following our US Power Capacity Report for the first two months of 2020, which showed that 99.7% of new US power capacity came from solar and wind, we’ve got a US Electricity Generation Report that is much less uplifting. Aside from the fact that 11% is a lot lower than 99.7% (of course), the bad […]

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Biden Offshore Wind Plan: Who Supports Ambition in Offshore Wind?

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2021 00:25:49 +0000

Courtesy of Union Of Concerned Scientists. By John Rogers, Senior energy analyst The Biden administration’s bold, broad plan for offshore wind released last month attracted a lot of attention — and boatloads of support. Because when it comes to being ambitious on offshore wind, there’s a lot that wind companies, labor unions, environmental and community groups, academics, […]

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30 Gigawatt US Offshore Wind Target To Support 77,000 Jobs

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 19:19:43 +0000

National Offshore Wind Goal To Support 77,000 Jobs, Power 10 Million Homes, Cut 78 Million Metric Tons in Carbon Emissions. Energy Secretary Granholm Announces Ambitious New 30GW Offshore Wind Deployment Target by 2030.

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Solar, Wind, Coal, Nuclear, & Nat Gas US Electricity Generation Changes 2010–2020

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 03:57:29 +0000

How has US electricity generation from solar power, wind power, coal power, natural gas, and nuclear shifted in the past 11 years? Let me show you.

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