The United States Consumed Record Amount Of Renewable Energy In 2019

Pablo Tucker
October 23, 2020

The EIA also uses equivalence in fossil fuels in order to calculate basic energy consumption of non-combustible renewables such as hydro, wind, solar and geothermal power.

"We are delighted to provide additional renewable energy to the people of North Carolina", Brian Vaasjo, president and CEO of Capital Power, said. Last year, wind beat hydropower to become the most used renewable electricity generation source.

Wood and waste energy (which includes wood pellets, wood, and landfill biomass waste) comprised another 24 percent of the total. The company develops, acquires, owns, and operates power generation facilities using various energy sources.


Solar energy accounted for just 9 percent of renewable energy, but it saw the largest percentage growth among renewable sources in 2019, the EIA said. About 2% of U.S. households used wood as their primary source of heat in 2019.

Besides, hydroelectric power, biofuels and solar power accounted for about 22 percent. United States hydropower consumption has remained relatively consistent since the 1960s, but it fluctuates with seasonal rainfall and drought conditions. Industrial consumption of biofuels accounts for about 36% of USA biofuel energy consumption, the EIA states.

That's according to the latest report by the US Energy Information Administration, which suggests the amount of renewable energy consumed grew for the fourth year in a row, reaching a record 11.5 quadrillion British thermal units.


For example, wind energy generated by turbine farms in the United States is almost exclusively used for generating electricity in the electric power sector.

During September, the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) initiated a project in Ladakh for collection of wind data.


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