Due to the increase in electricity generated from wind and solar, 20% of net US electricity generation came from renewable sources in 2021. Electricity generated from wind surpassed hydropower in 2019 as the dominant renewable source.
Electricity generated from solar energy began a steep rise in early 2012 and quadrupled between 2015 and 2021. Wood, waste, and geothermal sources of electricity have been stable over the years, while hydropower production has varied from year to year. As the transportation sector shifts toward greater reliance on electric vehicles, so does the use of generated electricity from renewable sources is essential to reduce emissions associated with the operation of electric vehicles.
Article courtesy of Energy.Gov — Transportation Facts of the Week, FOTW #1274, January 23, 2023
Graph Source: Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Overview, November 2022, Table 7.2a.
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