Renewable generation hit record high in first half of 2021 – pv magazine USA
Solar is growing at an unprecedented rate and wind is now the largest source of renewable energy in the country.
Thanks to the decline in the production and consumption of nuclear energy and fossil fuels, and to a still strong market for renewable resources, the American production of renewable energies (biofuels, biomass, geothermal energy, hydropower, solar, wind) ) hit a record high in the first six months of this year, according to new data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its latest Monthly Energy Review report.
Data in the report, which is current through June 30, reveals that renewable sources accounted for 12.91% of the energy produced in the United States and 12.71% of the energy consumed for electricity. , transportation, heating and other uses.
Much of this growth is due to solar and wind power, as hydropower, geothermal, and biomass have all seen production declines year over year. Wind, solar and biofuels saw their production shares increase by 10%, 24% and 1.8% respectively.
With this new growth taken into account, wind power is now the largest source of renewable energy, accounting for 27.78% of total renewable energy production in the United States, followed by biomass at 21.28%, hydropower at 19.84%, biofuels at 17.11%, solar at 12.32%, and geothermal at 1.67%.
For non-renewable resources, the first half of the year was not so inspiring. The output of the country’s nuclear power plants in 2021 fell 2.81% and 4.07% from 2020 and 2019 levels. Meanwhile, the energy supplied by the mixture of fossil fuels also fell by 1, 67% and 5.57% respectively, but still accounted for 78.69% of total national production and 78.83% of US energy consumption. Fossil fuel consumption in the first half of 2021 increased by 6.50% compared to the same period in 2020, largely due to lower energy use in the first half of 2020 at the height of the COVID pandemic -19.
In the first half of the year, the energy supplied by renewable sources exceeded nuclear production by more than 50%.
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