Renewable Energy = 22.2% of US Electricity in 1st Half of 2020 (Charts)

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Published on September 12th, 2020 |
by Zachary Shahan






September 12th, 2020 by Zachary Shahan 

Following up on our report on US power capacity additions in the first half of 2020, this article covers electricity generation in the first half of 2020. It splits out electricity generation by source. It also compares those numbers to the same electricity generation split in the first half of 2019 and in the first half of 2018. In this first chart below, you can click from Jan–June 2020 (GWh) to Jan–June 2019 (GWh) or Jan–June 2018 (GWh) right underneath the chart title. (If that doesn’t work for you, I recommend trying a computer larger than a phone. Though, the interactive features should also work on smartphones and tablets.)

Electricity Split by Source
The top-line point if you’re interested in renewable energy is that renewables accounted for 22.2% of US electricity in the first half of 2020, 19.9% of US electricity in the first half of 2019, and 19.6% of US electricity in the first half of 2018. Below is a chart of the main electricity sources and how their share of total electricity generation shifted from the first half of 2018 to the first half of 2019 to the first half of 2020.

Again, the two interactive …

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