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FOR THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF 2017, ELECTRICITY FROM ALL RENEWABLE SOURCES INCREASED BY 14.3%
WHILE THAT FROM COAL, GAS, OIL, AND NUCLEAR POWER EACH EXPERIENCED DECLINE
Washington DC – According to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) “Electric Power Monthly” (with data through November 30, 2017), electricity generated by renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) was 14.3% higher during the first eleven months of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.
Moreover, the production by each renewable energy source increased: solar (utility-scale + small-scale) was up by 41.1%, wind by 13.4%, hydroelectric by 13.2%, biomass by 2.0%, and geothermal by 1.5%.
Combined, renewables accounted for 17.7% of total electrical generation year-to-date, compared to 15.3% for the first 11 months of 2016.
By comparison, the electrical output by coal, natural gas, oil, and nuclear power all declined. Oil was down 15.8%, natural gas by 9.0%,coal by 1.7%, and nuclear power by 0.3%.