Record Month for Renewable Energy in the U.S.

Record Month for Renewable Energy in the U.S.

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wind-turbine-clouds.jpgThe latest Electric Power Monthly Report released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows net U.S. electrical generation from renewable sources (biomass, geothermal, solar, hydro, and wind) reached an all-time high in May of 2009, comprising 13% of the total electrical generation for the month.

Of the 13% from renewable for May of ’09, 9.4% came from conventional hydropower and 3.6% from non-hydro renewables. From that 3.6% of non-hydro, 1.8% came from wind, 1.3% from biomass, 0.4% from geothermal, and 0.3% from solar. Compared to May of 2008 wind net generation increased by 12.5% (with increases in the state of Iowa representing 52.2% of the national rise).

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