Published on December 27th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan0
Renewables = 20.4% of US Electricity Generation
December 27th, 2020 by Zachary Shahan
In the first 10 months of 2020, renewable energy sources accounted for 20.4% of United States electricity generation. That’s up from 17.5% in the same time period in 2018.
Wind power got up to 8% of the electricity pie, up from 6.4% in January–October 2018. Solar power was up to 3.4% in 2020 in January–October 2020, compared to 2.3% in January–October 2018. Other renewable resources were more or less steady in that timeframe.
As renewable energy sources grew in prominence, so did natural gas, which went from 35.3% of US electricity generation to 40.6%, an even bigger climb than the growth in electricity from renewable energy.
Nuclear power also grew its share of the market a little bit, from 18.9% to 19.3%.
The major drop in share came from coal. Coal power declined from 27% of the electricity generation market in 2018 to 23.3% in January–October 2019 and then to 18.6% in January–October 2020.
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