The latest figures released yesterday by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its "Electric Power Monthly" report, confirm the continued growth of renewable energy in the electrical generation sector.
SUN DAY CAMPAIGN
FEDERAL ELECTRICITY DATA CONFIRMS
CONTINUED GROWTH OF RENEWABLES
AS FOSSIL FUELS PLUMMET AND
NUCLEAR POWER STALLS
For Immediate Release: Friday - October 16, 2009
Contact: Ken Bossong, 301-270-6477 x.11
Washington DC -The latest figures released yesterday by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its "Electric Power Monthly" report, confirm the continued growth of renewable energy in the electrical generation sector.
For the first seven months of 2009, non-hydroelectric renewables (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) provided 78,518 thousand megawatt-hours of electricity - an increase of more than 7 percent over the same period in 2008. For the first seven-months of 2008 and 2007, net U.S. electrical generation from non-hydro renewables was 73,321 thousand megawatt-hours and 59,557 thousand megawatt-hours respectively.
For the period January 1 - July 31, 2009, non-hydro renewables accounted for 3.44 percent of net U.S. electrical generation. Hydropower accounted for 7.40 percent during the same time frame -- an increase of 5.1 percent over 2008. Thus, for the first seven months of 2009, renewables provided 10.84 percent of net U.S. electrical generation.
For the twelve-month period (August 1, 2008 - July 31, 2009), compared to the preceding twelve month period, conventional hydropower increased by 4.86 percent and non-hydro renewables increased by 8.23 percent. Combined, hydro and non-hydro renewables increased by 5.96 percent.
On the other hand, comparing the twelve-month periods ending July 31, 2008 and July 31, 2009, nuclear power increased by only 0.48 percent while fossil fuels dropped by 7.67 percent. Coal used for electrical generation dropped by 9.29 percent while natural gas use dropped by 3.50 percent.
"The hand-writing on the wall is unmistakable," noted Ken Bossong, Executive Director of the SUN DAY Campaign. "Renewable energy has become a major player in the electricity market place and is the wave of the future as fossil fuels and nuclear power fade away."
For further details, see Tables ES1.A, 1.1, and 1.1A of the "Electric Power Monthly" found at http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/epm_sum.html.
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