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United States Just Used More Renewable Energy Than Nuclear Power

By Brian Spaen

Renewable energy has enjoyed a rampant increase in the United States since taking off in 2011. Wind and solar energy generation reached a 10 percent share of the country’s total electrical production in March. It has also toppled nuclear energy for the first time since 1984 based on April’s latest statistics.

A report from the US Energy Information Administration showed more increase from solar and wind energy as the spring months continued. Sunny skies and high winds were also the case for March’s double-digit results. That trend has predictably gone up based on last month’s report. While it will go down this summer, we’ll more than likely see these records continue to be broken with more solar panels and wind turbines going up at a rapid rate.

Five different sustainable sources factor into the USEIA’s renewable energy statistics: hydro, geothermal, biomass, wind, and solar. Hydro has seen its biggest production this year since early 2013. From March to April this year, both solar and wind energy slightly decreased, but the real story was how far nuclear generation went down.