The Energy Information Administration, The federal government’s leading authority on energy figures, concludes that renewables, primarily hydro, wind and solar, increased to 21% of electricity generation in the US in 2020.
This is the first time that renewables have been the second largest generator of electricity in the US on record.
Renewables overall increased 9% between 2019 and 2020. About half of America’s clean energy now comes from solar and wind power, and the other half from hydropower.
Wind generation increased 14%.
Solar power soared even further, with utility-scale solar projects of 1 megawatt or more growing by 26%.
Small-scale solar energy, such as rooftop installations like the one we have increased by 19%.
The Clean Energy Association says the United States installed 26 gigawatts of renewable power plants in 2020, 80% more than in 2019, bringing the total US renewable energy capacity to 170 gigawatts.
In the US, about 78% of all new Electricity generation came from wind and solar power, which are clearly the future of the American grid.
US renewables outpaced coal, now just 19%, and nuclear, 20%. Coal is dirty and expensive, and coal-fired power plants have been replaced en masse by wind farms …