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Published on October 21st, 2020 | by greentechheadlines

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EIA: US consumed a record amount of renewables in 2019 –

EIA: US consumed a record amount of renewables in 2019 –

In 2019, consumption of
renewable energy in the United States grew for the fourth year in a row,
reaching a record 11.5 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), or 11% of total
U.S. energy consumption. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA)
new U.S. renewable energy
consumption by source and sector
 chart published in
the Monthly Energy Review shows how much
renewable energy by source is consumed in each sector.

In its most recent Monthly Energy Review, EIA
converts sources of energy to common units of heat (Btu) to compare different
types of energy that are more commonly measured in units that are not directly
comparable, such as gallons of biofuels or kilowatthours (KWh) of wind energy.
EIA uses a fossil fuel equivalence to calculate primary energy consumption of noncombustible
renewables such as wind, hydro, solar and geothermal.

Wind energy in the
United States accounted for about 24% of U.S. renewable energy consumption in
2019. Wind surpassed hydroelectricity to
become the most-consumed source of renewable energy on an annual basis in 2019.

Also, wood and waste
energy and biomass waste from landfills, accounted for about 24% of
U.S. renewable energy use in 2019. Industrial, commercial and electric power
facilities use wood and waste as fuel to generate electricity, produce heat and
manufacture goods. About 2% of U.S. households used wood as their primary source of heat in 2019.

Hydroelectric power accounted
for about 22% of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2019. U.S. hydropower
consumption has remained relatively consistent since the 1960s, but it
fluctuates with seasonal rainfall and drought conditions.

Solar energy accounted
for about 9% of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2019 and had the largest
percentage growth among renewable sources in 2019. 


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