Newest Data Book Shows U.S. Renewable Capacity Surpassed 20% for First Time in 2018

Mar 6, 2020 12:45 PM ET
  • Growth Continues in U.S. Installed Wind and Solar Photovoltaic Capacity, Energy Storage, and Electric Vehicle Sales

Eco-friendly electrical power accomplished a power-sector turning point in 2018, exceeding 20% (249 gigawatts [GW] of U.S. complete power creating capability (1.2 terawatts [TW] for the very first time, according to the 2018 Renewable Energy Data BookPDF. Considering that 2009, eco-friendly generation in the United States has actually boosted by a variable of 5.

Released yearly by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and also Renewable Energy, the Renewable Energy Data Book offers U.S. and also worldwide power stats put together from countless information resources.

Generated by NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis Center, the Data Book consists of sustainable power generation, renewable resource growth, tidy power financial investments, and also technology-specific information. The 2017 and also 2018 versions additionally consist of information as well as patterns for electrical lorries and also power storage space innovations.

" Our goal is to make this wealth of power details available and also easy to understand to a vast target market-- from the interested public to the study neighborhood to the choice manufacturer," stated NREL Energy Analyst Sam Koebrich, lead writer of the Data Book.


The 2018 Renewable Energy Data Book puts together the most recent offered data for the 2018 fiscal year. Various other vital searchings for from the information consist of:

  • Total U.S. power usage enhanced 3.5% (from 97.5 to 101.2 quadrillion British thermal systems) in between 2017 as well as 2018, the biggest boost because 2010.
  • UNITED STATE solar photovoltaic ability boosted by 20.6% (8.9 GW), bookkeeping for greater than 52.9% of freshly mounted U.S. sustainable power capability in 2018.
  • Wind ability raised 8.4% (7.5 GW), standing for greater than 44.9% of recently mounted sustainable capability in 2018.
  • Renewable-paired power storage space ability in the United States broadened by 5.6% (76 MW) in 2018, up from a 2.4% rise in 2017.
  • UNITED STATE all-natural gas-fired generation ability made up 56.4% (21.8 GW) of all brand-new U.S. capability mounted in 2018, making up an internet enhancement of 15.1 GW after retired lives.
  • Renewable resource generation as a portion of complete U.S. electrical power generation stayed unmodified-- 17.6% (741 TWh) in 2018.
  • The share of gas generation rose to 34.9% (1.468 TWh) from 31.9% in 2017.
  • Virtually 361,000 electrical cars were offered in the United States in 2018-- a rise of over 84% from 2017-- standing for over 2% of complete light-duty lorry sales.

This most recent version consists of a brand-new area on the volunteer purchase of renewable resource in the United States; in overall, some 966,000 clients obtained 9.6 million megawatt-hours of sustainable electrical energy via volunteer purchase systems. The Renewable Energy Data Book likewise consists of U.S. state- and also region-specific power information as well as patterns, together with data on tidy power financial investment and also renewable resource advancement worldwide.

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