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Renewable Energy Use In United States Reaches Major Milestone

By Brian Spaen

Renewable energy continues to grow in the United States, and that fact was made very apparent with the total percentage reaching double digits for the first time ever. Both wind and solar energy generation combined for 10 percent of the entire country’s electrical production in March. The spring season was mainly the charge behind this increase, and it’s likely only going to get bigger every year.

Based on reports from the US Energy Information Administration, wind accounted for eight percent of renewable generation, with solar adding the other two percent. That’s traditionally spiked at this time period when it comes to electric generation in the United States. The renewable source peaked over four percent in 2011, at the same time solar energy was finally becoming a blip on the radar.

As the years have gone on, it’s increased dramatically. Solar power got its biggest boost in 2014, jumping to over one percent, while that combined with wind, was able to reach seven percent of total generation. Last year, solar almost reached two percent with wind nearly hitting the seven percent mark.