in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

According to the latest figures published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its Electric Power Monthly report, renewable sources of electricity enjoyed significant growth during the past year, while nuclear and coal both experienced notable declines.

Specifically, EIA reports that net electricity generation in the U.S. dropped by 0.9% from November 2007 to November 2008. This was the fourth consecutive month that net generation was down compared to the same calendar month in 2007.

The drop in coal-fired generation was the largest absolute fuel-specific decline from November 2007 to November 2008, falling by 2.7%.

Nuclear generation was down by 2.3% and was second only to coal-fired generation in its contribution to the national drop in net generation. The biggest drop in generation at a nuclear plant was at the Millstone facility in Connecticut, which was down for part of the month for a refueling outage.

On the other hand, EIA figures show that renewable energy, including conventional hydropower, increased by 7.3% - reflecting a combined increase of 6.1% in conventional hydropower coupled with a 10% increase in non-hydro renewables (i.e., solar, wind, geothermal, biomass).

In particular, according to EIA, net generation from wind sources was 42.4% higher than it had been in November 2007. The higher wind generation totals in Texas, California, Minnesota and Illinois accounted for 53.1% of the national rise.

Conventional hydroelectric power provided 6.4% of total U.S. net electricity generation, while other renewables (biomass, geothermal, solar and wind) and other miscellaneous energy sources generated the remaining 3.1% of electric power.

SOURCE: SUN DAY Campaign



Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Despite 2013 Challenges, U.S. Wind Power Reaches All-Time Low Price

In a new report, the U.S. Department of Energy details the highs and lows of the country's wind industry last year, and the agency maintains that the U.S. sector remains strong.


Mexico On Pace To Set New Renewables Investment Record

A new report says the country has spent $1.3 billion on clean energy in the first half of 2014 and could end up seeing a record year. Furthermore, wind power is slated for significant growth in the region.


IRS Issues More PTC Guidance, Easing Some Wind Industry Concerns

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) addresses how much work is needed on a wind farm to satisfy production tax credit (PTC) eligibility.


Embryonic No More: U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Gaining Momentum

After a decade of fits and starts, the industry is moving closer to installing the first generation of wind projects off the country's shores.


AWEA: U.S. Installs 853 MW Of Wind In First Half Of 2014

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reveals the U.S. industry's progress thus far this year and underscores the importance of policy certainty.

Renewable NRG_id1934
Canwea_id1984
Tower Conference_id1965