Renewable energy manufacturing through initial fifty percent of 2022 exceeded coal by more than 18%.

Sep 28, 2022 03:42 PM ET
  • Domestic manufacturing and also intake of renewable energy (e.g., biofuels, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) got to a record high as of mid-year 2022, according to a SUN DAY Campaign evaluation of new data launched by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The most recent issue of EIA's "Month-to-month Energy Review" report (with data with June 30, 2022) reveals that renewable sources accounted for virtually one-seventh (13.84%) of the U.S. energy created as well as 13.65% of the energy consumed for power, transportation, home heating and also various other uses. Renewable resource manufacturing throughout the initial 6 months of 2022 was 6.991 quadrillion Btu (quads)-- 13.29% greater than at the same time in 2021 as well as 17.54% greater than at the mid-point of 2020.

The growth by renewables was driven mostly by solar as well as wind which broadened by 26.55% as well as 24.66% respectively. There were also enhances in output by biofuels (up 10.00%) and hydropower (up 9.54%), while geothermal energy remained basically the same. Manufacturing by timber and also biomass waste combined fell by 1.60%.

Wind is currently the largest single renewable resource resource, accounting for 30.30% of complete united state renewable resource output, followed by hydropower (18.57%), biomass (18.48%), biofuels (17.78%), solar (13.43%), as well as geothermal (1.46%).

On the other hand, manufacturing by the nation's nuclear power plants during the very first fifty percent of 2022 was down by 1.29% as well as 3.76% respectively contrasted to the exact same six-month durations in 2021 as well as 2020. As a consequence, energy supplied by renewable resources with the very first half of 2022 went beyond nuclear generation by more than 75% (6.991 quads vs. 3.969 quads).

Renewable resource manufacturing via the first half of this year also exceeded that of coal by 18.11% (6.991 quads vs. 5.919 quads).

Nonetheless, domestic energy production from all nonrenewable fuel source resources integrated (i.e., oil as well as natural gas as well as coal) raised by 4.91% as well as accounted for 78.31% of the total amount. That, in turn, contributed to a 2.57% increase in carbon dioxide (C02) emissions attributable to U.S. fossil energy usage.

Strong growth by renewables is even more confirmed by a 2nd recently-released EIA report in addition to an additional issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-- both with data with July 31, 2022.

According to EIA's most current "Electric Power Monthly" report, electrical generation by renewable sources enhanced by 19.26% during the initial seven months of 2022, compared to the very same period a year earlier and also given 24.23% of complete output, consisting of wind at 10.74% and solar at 4.97%. Comparative, coal's share went down to 19.67% as well as nuclear was up to 17.80% while natural gas kept its lead at 37.40%.

And also according to the most recent issue of FERC's monthly "Energy Infrastructure Update" report, renewable resource sources accounted for more than two-thirds (66.76%) of brand-new utility-scale producing capacity added during the very first seven months of 2022. Renewables likewise currently make up 26.86% of complete readily available set up producing capability. Over the next three years, FERC says "high probability" net enhancements of solar and also wind will certainly total 66,204 MW and 17,792 MW respectively, contrasted to simply 3,310-MW for natural gas.

" The growth of renewable resource's share of U.S. energy manufacturing and consumption should come as no surprise given the pattern of the past years," kept in mind the SUN DAY Campaign's executive director Ken Bossong. "However, the latest growth data will likely fade contrasted to what gets on the near-term horizon now that the Inflation Reduction Act has actually ended up being legislation.".

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