view from the states
Compiled by Mike Koshmrl, Associate Editor
Nonhydro renewable energy sources generate only a shade over 4 percent of all u.s. electricity, according to the u.s. energy information administration ( eia.gov). scant as that sounds, the percentage has doubled in just five years. distributed sources, at this point, contribute only a
drop in the bucket. SOLAR TODAY estimates that distributed photovoltaic (Pv) and wind contributed
less than 0.1 percent to total domestic electricity generation in 2010.
most renewable energy connected to the grid today comes from utility-scale projects, which span
several different technologies. last year the wind, biomass and geothermal industries led the united
states in renewable generation.
the map summarizes the current state of each industry.
*data from the energy Information administration, december 2009 to december 2010
28 May 2011 SOLAR TODA Y
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