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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Nonfossil Fuel Sources Accounted for 21% of U.S. Energy Consumption in 2020

Credit to Author: U.S. Energy Information Administration| Date: Thu, 01 Jul 2021 14:14:23 +0000

Primary energy consumption totaled 93 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) in the United States in 2020, or 7 quads less than in 2019. Fossil fuels — specifically petroleum, natural gas, and coal — accounted for 79% of total U.S. energy consumption in 2020. About 21% of U.S. energy consumption in 2020 came from nonfossil fuel […]

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Most U.S. Wind Capacity Built Since 2011 is Located in the Center of the Country

Credit to Author: U.S. Energy Information Administration| Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 23:23:08 +0000

Wind capacity in the United States has increased significantly over the past decade, from 40.1 gigawatts (GW) in January 2011 to 118.3 GW at the end of 2020. This wind capacity growth was mostly concentrated in the middle of the country. The Texas, Midwest, and Central regions — home to some of the country’s most prolific […]

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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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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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Biden-Harris Administration Advances Offshore Wind in the Pacific

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Wed, 26 May 2021 03:35:04 +0000

Departments of the Interior, Defense and the State of California agree to accelerate wind energy offshore the central and northern coasts of California

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99.7% of New US Power Capacity = Solar & Wind in January & February

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Sat, 08 May 2021 11:10:51 +0000

New US power capacity in the first two months of 2021 came almost exclusively from wind and solar power plants, data from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) shows. Looking at large-scale power capacity added to the grids across the country (which does not include rooftop solar power), 99.7% came from wind and solar […]

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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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2020 U.S. Power Report Card: Solar & Wind Getting High Scores

Credit to Author: NRDC| Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2021 11:10:35 +0000

Courtesy of NRDC By Christian Tae It’s official: renewable resources surpassed coal in 2020 to become the third-largest source of electricity nationwide according to new government data. Continuing their promising trends from 2019, solar and wind energy again made strong gains across multiple states, accompanied by a steep reduction in total power sector pollution. But we […]

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US Coal Capacity Factor Dropped From 67.1% In 2010 To 47.5% In 2019

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 17:23:22 +0000

After publishing some recent reports on US power capacity additions and forecasts, one of our readers pushed for more attention on how capacity factors are changing as well as capacity. For those of you new to the topic, here’s a brief definition of capacity factor from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA): “The ratio of […]

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