Renewable Energy Continues Growth in the U.S.

While debates about the wisdom of approving the XL Pipeline and of shipping U.S. natural gas to Europe dominate the headlines, renewable energy has quietly continued its strong growth in this country. In the first two months of this year, renewable energy sources accounted for 91.9 percent of the 568 MW of new installed U.S. electrical capacity, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Coal, oil, and nuclear provided none. Natural gas and one MW of “other” resources made up the rest. The SUN DAY Campaign, a renewable energy advocacy group, reports that renewable energy sources, including hydropower, now account for 16.14 percent of total installed U.S. operating generating capacity. Sounds like the renewable power of the future is happening right now.

John Howell, Editorial Director