EIA data shows U.S. production of renewable energy greater than nuclear power

Sponsored by

Washington D.C., October 3, 2011 — According to the most recent issue of the "Monthly Energy Review" by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, with data through June 30, 2011, renewable energy has passed another milestone as domestic production is now greater than that of nuclear power and continues to close in on oil.

During the first half of 2011, renewable energy sources (biomass & biofuels, geothermal, solar, water, wind) provided 4.687 quadrillion BTUs of energy or 12.25 percent of U.S. energy production.

By comparison, renewables accounted for 11.05 percent of domestic production during the first half of 2010 and 10.50 percent during the first half of 2009. (On the consumption side, which includes oil and other energy imports, renewable sources accounted for 9.45 percent of total U.S. energy use.)

Energy production from renewable energy sources in 2011 was 17.91 percent more than that from nuclear power, which provided 3.975 quadrillion BTUs and has been declining in recent years. Energy from renewable sources is now equal to 79.83 percent of that from domestic crude oil production, with the gap closing rapidly.

Looking at all energy sectors (e.g., electricity, transportation, thermal), production of renewable energy, including hydropower, has increased by 15.02 percent compared to the first half of 2010, and by 22.79 percent when compared to the first half of 2009.

Among the renewable energy sources, biomass and biofuels accounted for 46.04 percent in 2011 (54 percent from biomass and 46 percent from biofuels), followed by hydropower (37 percent), wind (13.4 percent), geothermal (2.33 percent), and solar (1.22 percent).

Looking at just the electricity sector, according to the latest issue of EIA's "Electric Power Monthly," with data through June 30, 2011, for the first half of 2011, renewable energy sources (biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) accounted for 13.97 percent of net U.S. electrical generation — up 26.14 percent from the same period in 2010.

Hydropower accounted for 8.94 percent of U.S. electrical generation, followed by wind at 3.24 percent, biomass at 1.33 percent, geothermal at 0.41 percent, and solar at 0.04 percent. Thus, non-hydro renewables accounted for 5.02 percent of net U.S. electrical generation. Comparing the first six months of 2011 to the first six months of 2010, solar-generated electricity expanded by 43.6 percent, wind by 35.1 percent, hydropower by 30.3 percent, and geothermal by 4.9 percent; only biomass dropped — by 4.4 percent.

By comparison, nuclear power's contribution to net U.S. electrical generation totaled 19.12 percent representing a decline of 3.8 percent compared to the first half of 2010 and a drop of over 5 percent compared to the first half of 2009. Similarly, coal-generated electricity also dipped by 4.8 percent from its mid-year 2010 level while natural gas increased by 2.4 percent.

Sponsored by

CURRENT ARTICLES

AEP-PSO asks for rate hike, cites EPA costs

07/02/2015

If approved, rate hike would add more than $14 to monthly bills

construction Georgia Power Vogtle Unit 4

Vogtle Unit 4 completes major construction milestone

07/01/2015 Georgia Power recently announced a major milestone in the construction of Vogtle Unit 4--the placement of the CA04 module ...
distribution Navigant Research

Annual DC Distribution Network Implementation Revenue Could Reach $5.1 Billion

07/01/2015 A new report from Navigant Research examines the opportunity for direct current (DC) distribution networks in four key mar...
information management AVEVA Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan lauds AVEVA’s customer-centric growth strategy in the engineering information management solution market

07/01/2015 AVEVA has consistently and effectively balanced short-term performance needs with the company’s long-term vision and aspir...
wind farms Alstom Eletrosul Brazil

Alstom signs turnkey contract with Eletrosul to integrate wind farms in southern Brazil

07/01/2015 Alstom has been awarded a turnkey contract worth approximately €100 million from Eletrosul Centrais Electricas S/A (Eletro...
solar NRG Home Solar Solar Decathlon

NRG Home Solar Partners with Solar Decathlon Team

06/30/2015 NRG Home Solar, a division of NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE: NRG) and one of the country’s leading residential solar companies, ha...
non-hydro renewables AWEA

AWEA applauds White House on 20 percent non-hydro renewables by 2030

06/30/2015 Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), released the following statement today regarding the Whit...
FEATURED ENERGY JOBS
View more Job Listings >>

INDUSTRY STOCKS

ON DEMAND WEBCASTS

Solar + Storage: Capturing Opportunities and Overcoming Challenges

The convergence of solar and energy storage applications is under way. The combined application o...

Storage Enters the Global Stage: What’s the value proposition for your region?

For electricity storage, the events of the last two years have shown that the skepticism around t...

How to deploy mobile forms + devices to speed up field service processes & reporting

Overcoming the pain points associated with any process is much simpler and more cost effective th...

Beyond Integration: Three Dynamics Reshaping Renewables and the Grid

In a unique industry research initiative, DNV GL gathered views from over 1,600 energy sector par...

Engaging the Small and Mid-sized Business (SMB) Marketplace

This session will outline how Duke Energy leveraged Voice of Customer insights, previous experien...

EL&P BUYER'S GUIDE PRODUCTS

Decontamination & Decommissioning

Decommissioning strategy development, cost estimates, plant modifications; system and building decontamination; RV segmentation; large component re...

Cavitation Peening

AREVA developed its innovative solution for asset management, significantly extending the life of reactor components. Cavitation Peening is a perma...

Nuclear Horizontal Modular Storage (NUHOMS®)

AREVA TN’s NRC-licensed NUHOMS® system ensures the highest safety and lowest dose performance. With no tipping, tripping and sliding, you have the...

ATRIUM™ 11 for BWR Fuel

ATRIUM™ 11 design fuel – in operation since 2012 – provides significantly lower fuel rod power levels for power uprate margins, operational flexib...

POWERGRID PRODUCT LISTINGS

EtherMate® Industrial Ethernet - IO Modules

LioN-M ProfiNet device with 16 digital I/O channels, channels can be used universally as inputs or outputs, M12 socket, ro...

OFL280 FlexTester - Handheld OTDR

AFL's OFL280 FlexTester offers an unmatched combination of fiber test functions, ease-of-use, portability, and value.

ADSS Mini-Span® Fiber Optic Cable

AFL Mini-Span® All-Dielectric Self-Supporting (ADSS) cable is designed for outside plant aerial and duct applications in l...

TRM® 2.0 - Test Results Manager PC Analysis and Reporting

Test Results Manager 2.0 (TRM® 2.0) is an all-in-one analysis, viewer and reporting tool designed for use with NOYES fiber...

POWERGRID International

May 2015
Volume 20, Issue 5
1505pg_C1

ELECTRIC LIGHT & POWER

April 2015
Volume 93, Issue 2
1503ELP_C1