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EIA data shows U.S. production of renewable energy greater than nuclear power via Electric Light and Power

Washington D.C., October 3, 2011 — According to the most recent issue of the “Monthly Energy Review” by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, with data through June 30, 2011, renewable energy has passed another milestone as domestic production is now greater than that of nuclear power and continues to close in on oil.

 

During the first half of 2011, renewable energy sources (biomass & biofuels, geothermal, solar, water, wind) provided 4.687 quadrillion BTUs of energy or 12.25 percent of U.S. energy production.

 

By comparison, renewables accounted for 11.05 percent of domestic production during the first half of 2010 and 10.50 percent during the first half of 2009. (On the consumption side, which includes oil and other energy imports, renewable sources accounted for 9.45 percent of total U.S. energy use.)

 

Energy production from renewable energy sources in 2011 was 17.91 percent more than that from nuclear power, which provided 3.975 quadrillion BTUs and has been declining in recent years. Energy from renewable sources is now equal to 79.83 percent of that from domestic crude oil production, with the gap closing rapidly.

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