Renewables Now Powering 10% of U.S. Energy Needs

June 14, 2017 10:34 AM
 
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Wind and solar energy accounted for more than 10 percent of U.S. power generation for the first time in March following a record year for clean energy development.

Winds farms in Texas, Oklahoma and elsewhere accounted for 8 percent of electric generation, while residential and commercial solar installations provided about 2 percent, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a statement Wednesday.

During 2016, wind and solar accounted for about 7 percent of power generation in the U.S. The record set in March comes after developers added a record 22.2 gigawatts of wind and solar in 2016, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Clean energy is seasonal. Solar flourishes in summer, when days are longer. Wind thrives in the spring on the Great Plains and in Texas. In California, the breezes typically pick up in summer. Electricity generation from wind and solar probably exceeded 10 percent of total U.S. generation again in April 2017 and is forecast to dip back below 10 percent this summer, according to the EIA.

To contact the reporter on this story: Joe Ryan in New York at jryan173@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net, Jim Efstathiou Jr., Jonathan Tirone

©2017 Bloomberg L.P.

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