Sun Day Analysis Shows Renewable Energy Production Rising

According to analysis done by the Sun Day Campaign the latest figures published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its “Electric Power Monthly” report released on February 13, show that renewable sources of electricity saw significant growth from November 2007- November 2008 while nuclear and coal both experienced declines.

EIA figures show that renewable energy production, including conventional hydropower, increased by 7.3 percent. This represents a combined increase of 6.1 percent in conventional hydropower coupled with a 10.0 percent increase in other renewables including solar, wind, geothermal, biomass.

According to EIA, net generation from wind sources was 42.4 percent higher than it had been in November 2007. The higher wind generation totals in Texas, California, Minnesota, and Illinois accounted for 53.1 percent of the national rise.

Conventional hydroelectric power provided 6.4 percent of the U.S.’s total net electricity generation, while other renewables (biomass, geothermal, solar, and wind) and other miscellaneous energy sources generated the remaining 3.1 percent of electric power.

The drop in coal-fired generation was the largest absolute fuel-specific decline from November 2007 to November 2008 as it fell by 4,380 thousand megawatt-hours, or 2.7 percent. Nuclear generation was down by 2.3 percent and was second only to coal-fired generation in its contribution to the national drop in net generation.
The data comes from EIA’s latest “Electric Power Monthly”, click here for more information.


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