Renewables Account for 14.3% of Electrical Generation in US

August 28, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

EIA energy manageAccording to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA)’s latest “Electric Power Monthly” report, with data through June 30, 2014, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) provided 14.3 percent of net US electrical generation. Conventional hydropower accounted for 7 percent while non-hydro renewables provided 7.3 percent.

Overall, electrical generation from non-hydro renewable energy sources expanded by 10.4 percent compared to the first half of 2013.

Wind power increased by 9 percent compared to last year and accounted for 5 percent of the nation’s electrical generation during the first six months of 2014, while solar-generated electricity more than doubled (growing by 115.7 percent). Biomass also grew by 4 percent. However, geothermal power dipped by 1.5 percent and conventional hydropower declined by 4.2 percent.

Even with the lower output from hydropower and geothermal, net US electrical generation from all renewable sources combined grew by 2.73 percent.

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