Within the first six months of 2022, 24% of U.S. utility-scale electrical energy era got here from renewable sources, based mostly on information from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Electric Power Monthly. The renewables’ share elevated from 21% for a similar time interval final yr. Renewables are the fastest-growing electrical energy era supply in the USA.
Renewable era sources embody typical hydropower, wind, photo voltaic, geothermal and biomass. In the USA, most renewable electrical energy era comes from hydropower, photo voltaic and wind. Era from renewable power sources has grown quickly as renewable capability, largely photo voltaic and wind, has been added to the grid.
In 2021, a file quantity of recent utility-scale photo voltaic capability was put in in the USA. From June 2021 to June 2022, 17.6 GW of recent utility-scale photo voltaic capability got here on-line, bringing U.S. utility-scale photo voltaic capability to 65.8 GW, in response to EIA’s Preliminary Month-to-month Electrical Generator Stock. In June 2022, the USA had 137.6 GW of wind capability, and 10% (14.3 GW) of that capability was put in between June 2021 and June 2022. Based mostly on deliberate additions reported to EIA by energy plant homeowners and builders, one other 7.0 GW of wind and 13.0 GW of photo voltaic capability will come on-line by the top of the yr.
Hydropower and wind era, which, mixed, make up nearly all of U.S. renewable era, usually peak within the first half of the yr, when there are extra windy days and the winter snowpack is melting. Within the second half of 2022, EIA expects that renewables will make up a smaller share of era than they did within the first half of the yr (20%) as wind and hydroelectric era decline, based mostly on EIA’s newest Short-Term Energy Outlook.
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