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US Renewable Growth Continues To Be Strong, Says EIA

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The first half of the year has seen a substantial increase in US renewable energies in line with a decrease with a decline in both nuclear and fossil fuels said this month’s edition of the U.S. Energy Information’s (EIA) Review.

Renewable energy accounted for 13.49% of domestic energy production during the first half of 2017 compared to 12.61% during the same period in 2016 and 10.88% in 2015.

In the first the first six months of 2017, energy produced from renewable sources was 10.29% higher than a year earlier and 21.34% higher than two years ago.

In the first half of 2017 there was a growth in the areas of biomass, biofuels, geothermal , hydropower, solar and wind while there was a 3.27 % decrease from the previous year.

 

”Energy production from a renewable energy source was nearly 43% higher than nuclear power in the first half of this year.”  

Despite a 16.06% increase in U.S. coal production, the nation’s overall consumption of fossil fuels (i.e., coal, natural gas, oil) continued its downward slide from 81.73% of total energy use in the first half of 2015 to 80.31% for the same six-month period in 2016, and to 79.46% in 2017.

Ken Bossong, executive director of the SUN DAY Campaign, said: “Notwithstanding desperate efforts by the Trump Administration to prop up nuclear power and fossil fuels, they continue to lose ground to the mix of renewable energy sources. Time to wake up and smell the coffee, Mr. President!”

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