Published on August 28th, 2013 | by Joshua S Hill


US Renewable Energy Generation Up In First Half Of 2013

August 28th, 2013 by  

The latest US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) “Electric Power Monthly” report with data through to the end of June, 2013, shows that renewable energy generation is continuing to grow, making up over 14% of the nation’s net generation (not including hydroelectric sources).

According to the EIA, “the e Electric Power Monthly (EPM) presents monthly electricity statistics for a wide audience including Congress, Federal and State agencies, the electric power industry, and the general public.” As such, it’s purpose is to “provide energy decision makers with accurate and timely information that may be used in forming various perspectives on electric issues that lie ahead.”

The EPM contains information from a variety of data sources (seen in full below), fully obtainable here.

The first table (Net Generation by Energy Source) outlines net generation for all energy sources (coal, petroleum liquids, petroleum coke, natural gas, other gas, nuclear, hydroelectric conventional, other renewable sources, hydroelectric pumped storage, and other), split into annual totals, monthly totals, and year to date (YTD) totals.


As seen above, other renewables provided 131,456 MWhours for the first six months of 2013, equalling just over 14% of the nation’s energy generation. As for specific renewable energy sources, solar thermal and photovoltaic saw a 94.4% increase from June 2012 YTD to June 2013 YTD, while wind saw a 20.1% increase.

The full report can be viewed from the Electric Power Monthly webpage, which also easily breaks down many of the tables for viewing without the need for a PDF download.

Data Sources: Form EIA-923, “Power Plant Operations Report;” Form EIA-826, “Monthly Electric Sales and Revenue With State Distributions Report;” Form EIA-860, “Annual Electric Generator Report;” Form EIA-860M, “Monthly Update to the Annual Electric Generator Report;” and Form EIA-861, “Annual Electric Power Industry Report.”

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  • Matt

    If you look at YTD 2013 compared to 2011 (Change are in millions Megawatt hours):
    ~Flat: Nuclear, Other Gas, and Total
    Down: Coal (100, 11%), Petro Liq (2, 22%), Petro coke(1, 14%), Big Hydro(30, 17%)
    Up: NG gas(71, 13%), other renew(31, 31%)

    -Snow pack and spring rains down in big hydro areas.
    -Need to make the push for efficiency, low hanging fruit. Plus it makes the Renew worth even more.
    -We have a good start, now got really ramp up the renew. Deploy baby, deploy!
    -Also notice the big jump in NG in 2012, and then the drop back in 2013.

  • JimBouton

    “As seen above, other renewables provided 131,456 MWhours for the first six months of 2013, equalling just over * 6.7% * of the nation’s energy generation.” It’s 14% when you include hydroelectric.

    There is simply no excuse for us not to be above 30% renewables with all of the wind and solar resources we have in this country by 2020.

    One definite upside is that we don’t seem to be increasing the amount of electricity that we need overall. I remember a decade ago about plans to build 300 nuclear power plants.

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