Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Electricity Generation From Non-Hydro Renewable Sources Varies by State

Wind accounted for most non hydro renewable generation in 2011, but sources of renewable generation vary from state to state. However, the states with the most non hydro renewable generation in 2011 also tend to have significant generation from wind. In 2011, renewable generation (including hydro) made up 13% of total generation.

In 2011, wind accounted for more than half of the non hydro renewable generation in nine of the top ten states for non hydro renewable generation. This pattern is in stark contrast to 2001, when wood-based fuels and other biomass accounted for the majority of non hydro renewable generation in nearly all states. While solar is an important component of distributed generation, state-level solar estimates for utility scale generation (presented here) are not yet available for all 50 states.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Form EIA-923, Power Plant Operations Report.

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