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California Breaks Renewable Energy Record

By Brian Spaen

Renewable energy use continues to grow throughout the world. Germany recently set a new record of generating 85% of their energy from sustainable sources and Switzerland will be putting the kibosh on creating any more nuclear plants. The state of California joins the surge of success by smashing its energy records and reaching 67.2 percent of its energy from renewables, not including hydropower or rooftop solar arrays, on May 13th.

Based on daily charts from the California Independent System Operator (CISO), 67.2 percent came from renewable sources such as solar, wind, and biomass. When you add hydroelectric power with an additional 13.5 percent, the percentage of energy usage gets bumped up to 80.7 total. The prior record of renewables (not including hydro) was at 56.7 percent back on March 11th.

Wind power ended up getting the biggest generation of just over 87,000 megawatt hours. Solar came in just shy at second, but it generated nearly twice as much as wind at the same time. Adding in small hydro, biogas, biomass, and geothermal sources, the entire production came in at 224,256 megawatt hours. Roughly 535,000 megawatt hours are needed to meet California demands.