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U.S. Renewable Energy Consumption Surpasses Coal For 1st Time In Over 130 Years

December 31st, 2020 | by U.S. Energy Information Administration

In 2019, U.S. annual energy consumption from renewable sources exceeded coal consumption for the first time since before 1885, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Monthly Energy Review. This outcome mainly reflects the continued decline in the amount of coal used for electricity generation over the past decade as well as growth in renewable energy, mostly from wind and solar


Solar & Wind = 74.6% of Expected US Power Capacity Growth in Next 3 Years (Charts)

December 21st, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Last week, I published an update on US power capacity — new additions as well as total power capacity. The good news was that 100% of new capacity power in October was from renewable sources. The less good news was that only 21.7% of total power capacity is from wind, water, and solar power plants (only counting large-scale solar, not small-scale rooftop solar)


Renewables = 70% of New US Power Capacity in 2020, Solar = 43%

November 30th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

In the first three quarters of 2020, renewable energy — almost entirely solar and wind energy — accounted for 70% of new US power capacity, based on official utility-scale power plant data from FERC and small-scale solar power estimates from CleanTechnica


Top 10 States For Renewable Energy, & Their Renewable Energy Splits

November 28th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently published a special short profile on New York's renewable energy leadership and split. What I found particularly interesting in the piece, though, was the variation in renewable energy splits in the different top states


US Energy 2050: 100% Carbon-Free, 100% Electric, Up Our Game 6× (Part 2)

October 29th, 2020 | by Brad Rouse

The electric system of 2050 will be around 2.5 times the size of the electric system today due to electrification. But electricity is so much more efficient at producing the final “energy services” (heat, motive power, light, etc.) that total energy use will be far lower than it is today.  


Renewable Energy = 22.2% of US Electricity in 1st Half of 2020 (Charts)

September 12th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Following up on our report on US power capacity additions in the first half of 2020, this article covers electricity generation in the first half of 2020. It splits out electricity generation by source. It also compares those numbers to the same electricity generation split in the first half of 2019 and in the first half of



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