Renewable energy looks to be on a steady, but very slow, increase in the United States, according to new preliminary figures released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration this week. The EIA noted that, between 2009 and 2010, renewable energy consumption rose by 6 percent to over 8 quadrillion Btu.
The EIA said as well that renewable energy’s share of U.S. consumption in 2010 was up slightly to a little more than 8 percent, while total U.S. energy consumption rebounded by 4 percent to nearly 98 quadrillion Btu. The rise of renewable energy, by sector, was mostly driven by biofuels and wind power, while conventional hydroelectric power actually saw a decrease.
Renewable energy, all total, provided 10 percent, or 425 billion kilowatthours (kWh) of electricity in 2010, out of a U.S. total of 4,120 billion kWh, according to the EIA’s latest report.
Wind generation, while providing a reported two percent of total U.S. power generation by 2010, expanded by almost 3,600 megawatts. The largest year to year increases were in Texas (573 MW), Illinois (350 MW), Minnesota (328 MW), Wyoming (311 MW) and Oregon (273 MW).
Solar, meanwhile, has expanded to a total of 15 states with capacity of 888 MW. Leading states in this form of clean energy include California (460 MW), Nevada (137 MW), Florida (125 MW), Colorado (33 MW), and North Carolina (33 MW).
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