For the first time ever, wind and solar produced 17.96% more electricity in the month of April than nuclear energy stations. How much electricity created by renewable resources hit a record 28% in April, a breakthrough number that shows how significant renewable energy has become in U.S. energy markets.
Further, electrical generation by clean energy – which included biomass, geothermal, and hydropower and was driven by strong solar and wind growth – represented almost 30% of total US electrical generation in the month of April, as per a SUN DAY Campaign examination of recently released US Energy Information Administration (EIA) information.
Furthermore, from the period between January and April 2022, clean energy represented over 25% of electricity in the US.
The most recent issue of the EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” report, with information through April 30, 2022, likewise reflects that solar (including rooftop) saw a year-over-year percentage change development of 28.9%, while wind developed year-more than year by 24.2%. Consolidated, solar and wind became by 25.4% and represented more than one-6th (16.6%) of US electrical generation (wind at 12.2%, solar at 4.4%). The real figures are estimated in net generation, thousand megawatt-hours, and should be visible here.
Hydropower expanded by 9.99% during the first four months of 2022, yet wind alone gave 70.89% more electricity than did hydropower.
Also, when it came to fossil fuels, renewables outpaced coal and nuclear by 26.13% and 37.8%, respectively, in the first third of 2022. As a matter of fact, electrical generation by coal declined by 3.9% contrasted with a similar period in 2021, while nuclear dropped by 1.8%.