According to the latest issue of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” (with data through Feb. 28, 2017), electrical generation by non-hydro renewables (including distributed solar PV) increased by 7.49 percent during the first two months of this year compared with the same period in 2016.
Output by conventional hydro also increased by 5.53 percent. Combined, hydropower plus non-hydro renewables increased by 6.59 percent and accounted for almost one-fifth (18.2 percent) of electrical generation during the first two months of the year. By comparison, they accounted for just 16.1 percent during this time period in 2016.
Meanwhile, electrical generation by natural gas plummeted by 18.3 percent while coal dropped by 1.7 percent, and nuclear power declined by 0.7 percent.
As for the individual non-hydro renewables, solar increased by 21.6 percent, wind by 8.5 percent, and geothermal by 2.3 percent; however, biomass dropped by 2.87 percent. Among renewable sources, hydropower’s share is now 45.46 percent, followed by wind at 36.53 percent, biomass at 8.99 percent, solar at 6.52 percent, and geothermal at 2.53 percent.