Renewable Energy Generation Up 19% This Year

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the July 2011 edition of its Electric Power Monthly Report with some positive news about changes in the U.S. energy mix so far this year.  

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the July 2011 edition of its Electric Power Monthly Report with some positive news about changes in the U.S. energy mix so far this year.  While coal still accounts for almost half of the electricity generated in the United States (44% in the first quarter of 2011), that share is at its lowest level in over 30 years and the electricity produced by coal is almost 5% lower than last year.  Even better news is that renewable energy generation (excluding conventional hydroelectric) was up almost 20% from the prior year, mostly due to wind (+36%) and solar (+70%).

There is still a lot of room for improvement when all renewable energy sources combined represent only 5% of the electricity generated year to date through April.  With the help of Green Mountain customers like you, we can help keep this forward momentum going by supporting the supply of more renewable energy to the electricity grid.