first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Matthew Bandyk for SNL:In March, renewable energy sources, excluding hydroelectricity, generated more than 10% of U.S. electricity for the first time, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data.Wind, solar, biomass and geothermal resources were responsible for 10.6% of all U.S. megawatt-hours generated that month, up from 7.7% in the same period a year ago and just 2.6% 10 years ago.Widespread installations of new wind and solar facilities over the last decade explain much of the increase in renewables generation. Wind and solar made up less than 1% of U.S. generation as recently as 2007, but stood at 8.5% in March, another record. March is the most recent month with data available in the EIA’s monthly electricity data reports. Renewables came close to hitting the 10% mark in November 2015, when they generated 9.6% of electricity.In addition, the productivity of those facilities, not just their total numbers, also matters. Advances in renewable energy technology now allow wind farms and solar panels to generate more electricity.Including hydroelectric power, renewables pumped out 19.5% of U.S. generation, the highest level since at least 2001.Full article (with chart) ($): Renewables crack 10% of US electricity generation mix Renewables, Excluding Hydro, Surpass 10% of U.S. Electricity Generation for the First Timelast_img

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