That's right, ten percent of the energy produced in America is now renewable! It's certainly good news, but not actually as good as it might seem. We're only talking about American energy here...so while that counts almost all of the coal, it doesn't include a pretty huge chunk of the oil.
But it does point out that renewable energy is already a substantial portion of American's energy production picture. The biggest piece of that 10% is now biomass and biofuels, followed by hydroelectric (a chunk of the renewable energy pie that has not and will not grow any further.) Wind is a different story however. While it's still a tiny piece of domestic production (still less than a percent) it's growing faster than any other energy source, 50% up over last year in the first half of this year alone.
Solar and geothermal finish up the renewable source list with a truly tiny piece of the pie...but both offer even more opportunity for growth than wind power.
Renewables are simply best way to get energy domestically, and now with 10% of our energy (and rising) coming from these sources, the sun is looking that much brighter.
Full Press Release from the SUN DAY Campaign Below
RENEWABLE ENERGY TOPS 10 PERCENT
OF DOMESTIC U.S. ENERGY PRODUCTION
DURING FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2008
For Immediate Release: September 26, 2008
Contact: Ken Bossong
Washington DC -- According to the latest "Monthly Energy Review" issued by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (September 24, 2008), renewable energy accounted for more than 10 percent of the domestically-produced energy used in the United States in the first half of 2008.
For the period January 1 - June 30, 2008, the United States consumed 50.673 quadrillion Btus (quads) of energy - of which 34.162 quads was from domestic sources and 16.511 quads was imported.
Domestically-produced renewable energy (biomass/biofuels, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) totaled 3.606 quads -- an amount equal to 10.56% of U.S. energy consumption that is domestically-produced.
This share is only slightly less than the contribution from nuclear power (11.98%). And while consumption of nuclear power dropped by one percent during the first half of 2008, compared to the same period for 2007 (4.091 quads, down from 4.119 quads), renewable energy's share increased by five percent (3.606 quads, up from 3.439 quads).
Biomass and biofuels combined presently constitute the largest source of renewable energy in the United States (1.883 quads) followed by hydropower (1.387 quads). Wind power, however, experienced the largest growth rate -- increasing by almost 49% from the first half of 2007 compared to the first half of 2008 (0.244 quads, up from 0.164 quads). Solar’s and geothermal’s contributions were at roughly the same levels in 2008 as they were in 2007 – although both are poised to greatly expand their market share in the near future.
“The significant contribution being made by renewable energy sources to the nation’s energy supply documented by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is far greater than most Americans realize,” said Ken Bossong, Executive Director of the SUN DAY Campaign. “Repeated statements by nuclear and fossil fuel interests that renewables contribute only a tiny fraction of the nation’s energy supply are not only misleading but flatly wrong.”
A summary table prepared by the SUN DAY Campaign based on the data in the EIA report is attached.
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The SUN DAY Campaign is a non-profit research and educational organization founded in 1993 to promote sustainable energy technologies as cost-effective alternatives to nuclear power and fossil fuels.
written by Tim Dunn, September 26, 2008
written by Annie Bankss, September 28, 2008
written by xebra, September 29, 2008
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