Over 25% of U.S. electricity came from renewables in first half of 2022

Renewables supplied 25.23% of the country’s electrical generation capacity in the first six months of 2022, according to a SUN DAY campaign assessment of data just released by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The latest issue of MERs”Electricity monthlyreport (with data through June 30, 2022) reveals that renewable energy sources (including residential solar systems) increased their electrical output by nearly a fifth (18.45%) compared to the same period a year earlier, delivering just over a quarter of total electricity generation in the US.

For the six-month period, wind electricity generation increased by 24.67% and provided 11.55% of total electricity generation. Meanwhile, solar resources grew 27.72% and provided 4.94% of the country’s electrical output. In June alone, solar energy accounted for 5.70% of US electricity production.

Taken together, renewables outperformed both coal and nuclear by 28.76% and 38.81%, respectively. The combination of just wind and solar generated nearly as much as the country’s nuclear power plants (344,685 GWh vs. 379,927 GWh) and in fact surpassed nuclear power in the month of April.

EIA has predicted that renewables will supply 22% of U.S. electrical output this year. Including residential solar power, renewables delivered 22.3% last year and 24.4% in the first quarter of this year. By mid-year, renewables have already surpassed 25%, already exceeding EIA’s annual projections.

“Renewables appear to be once again outperforming official government forecasts,” said Ken Bossong, executive director of the SUN DAY Campaign. “With a quarter of the country’s electrical output being supplied, it is conceivable that with the incentives offered by the new Inflation Reduction Act, wind, solar and other renewables will reach one-third point within the next few years and thereafter will dominate electricity generation. .”

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