In comparison to fossil fuels like coal and gas, renewable energy sources like wind, solar, hydropower, and geothermal heat are significantly less harmful to the environment and a limitless source of power. To reduce global warming and the climate problem, it is crucial to switch from fossil fuels to clean energy.
According to recent data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, renewable energy sources witnessed increases in the first two-thirds of this year (EIA). According to Electrek, the United States generated almost a quarter of its electricity during the first eight months of 2022 using clean energy.
According to the EIA’s Electric Power Monthly report for the period ending in August of this year, 23.3 percent of the country’s electricity was generated using renewable energy sources, up from 20.6 percent in 2016.
According to Ken Bossong, the executive director of the nonprofit educational and research organization that reviewed the most recent EIA report, renewables may well be on track to outperform the EIA’s forecast that they will provide 22% of US electrical generation in 2022 and 24% in 2023.
This is according to the most recent statistics, which were published in Solar Power World. By the end of next year, the share of renewable energy sources could easily approach 25% according to the Inflation Reduction Act.
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According to Electrek, the Electrical Output of Renewable Sources, Including Small-Scale Solar, Increased by 17.5% in The First Two-Thirds of 2022.
For the first two-thirds of 2022, wind energy production increased by 22% and accounted for 10% of all electrical output. Five percent of the nation’s total electricity production came from solar sources, which climbed by 26.9%. The share of hydropower in overall electricity output increased to 6.7 percent, up 10.5 percent. There was an increase in geothermal of 0.7 percent. Wood and other biomass-based energy sources produced 2.1 percent less electricity.
In total, nuclear energy was outperformed by 32.3 percent and coal by 17.9 percent by renewable energy. Renewable energy has risen from fourth to second place during the last five years, while coal and nuclear energy have fallen to third and fourth, respectively.
30.3% of the electricity produced a half-decade ago came from coal, and 19.6% came from nuclear energy. These sources now account for 19.8% and 17.6% of all traffic, respectively. The percentage of clean sources of energy has increased from 18.2% to 23.3 percent.
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38.5 percent of the nation’s electricity still originates from natural gas, which still provides the majority of the country’s electricity.
According to Emma Searson, author of a 2021 renewable energy assessment by the non-profit Environment America Research and Policy Center and the unbiased research group Frontier Group, development is accelerating, as The Washington Post noted. That is precisely what we need to witness in the upcoming years.