Renewables produced 20% of US electricity in April
In April, the United States generated 20% of its electricity from solar and wind for the first time, according to a study by the climate think tank. cinder† The record is driven by a gust of wind in the Great Plains and Midwest, in states such as Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota.
In 2015, the United States generated 5.7% of its electricity from wind and solar (229.8 TWh). By 2021 it had more than doubled to 13% of its electricity from wind and solar (543.5 TWh).
The trend reflects the global acceleration toward wind and solar, which has doubled since 2015 to supply a record tenth of global electricity by 2021, according to Ember’s Global Electricity Review.
Wind and solar were the fastest growing forms of electricity worldwide in 2021 for the seventeenth year in a row and are expected to form the backbone of the future electricity system.
Many European countries already produced more than a quarter of their electricity from wind and solar by 2021, including Germany, Spain and the UK
The International Energy Agency states that for Net Zero, wind and solar should reach 20% of global electricity by 2025 and 70% by 2050.
“Wind and solar are breaking records around the world,” said Phil MacDonald, COO of Ember. “The process that will reform the existing energy system has begun. Wind and sun offer a solution for the ‘trilemma’ of realizing a sustainable, affordable and secure energy supply. This decade they need to be deployed at lightning speed.”
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