21 per cent of electricity generated across the United States last year came from renewable sources. A new report from the United States Energy Information Administration shows that renewable energy outperformed coal and nuclear for the first time ever in 2020. Approximately 21 per cent, or 834 billion kilowatt hours, of electricity generated in the States came from renewables, a result of increased wind and solar uptake across the country. “Renewables surpassed both nuclear (790 billion kilowatt hours) and coal (774 billion kilowatt hours) for the first time on record. This outcome in 2020 was due mostly to significantly less coal use in US electricity generation and steadily increased use of wind and solar,” the report reads. The report found that around half of America’s renewable energy comes from solar and wind with the other half coming from hydroelectric power.
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