The U.S. Energy Information Administration announced March 27 that renewable energy overtook coal for the first time in 2022 in the United States.
After first doing so in 2022, renewables also overtook nuclear generation last year. Wind and solar contributed 14% of domestically generated electricity, driving the growth in renewable energy. Six percent of the energy was generated by hydropower, while less than 1% was generated by biomass and geothermal sources, according to a news release from the Energy Information Administration.
California produced 26% of the nation’s utility-scale solar electricity, followed by Texas with 16% and North Carolina with 8%, the administration said.
Wind, solar, hydro, biomass and geothermal are considered sources of renewable energy.
Most of the wind generation occurred in Texas, which accounted for 26% of the U.S. total, followed by Iowa (10%) and Oklahoma (9%).
Natural gas remained the largest source of U.S. electricity generation, increasing from a 37% share of generation in 2021 to 39% last year. The share of coal-fired generation decreased from 23% in 2021 to 20% in 2022 as a number of coal-fired power plants retired and the remaining plants were used less, the administration said.
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