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Wind and Solar Hit New Heights in March 2017

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, wind and solar accounted for 10% of U.S. electricity generation for first time.

For the first time, monthly electricity generation from wind and solar (including utility-scale plants and small-scale systems) exceeded 10% of total electricity generation in the United States.

As reported on June 14, 2017, by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), based on March 2017 data, electricity generation from wind and solar has grown significantly.

While bounded in the long run by the level of installed capacity, monthly electricity generation from wind and solar will vary with seasonal patterns that reflect the seasonal availability of wind and sunshine. Within the U.S., wind patterns vary based on geography. For example, Texas and Oklahoma often have their highest wind output in the spring months, while wind-powered generators in California are more likely to reach peak output in summer months.

Based on seasonal patterns in recent years, electricity generation from wind and solar will probably exceed 10% of total U.S. generation again in April 2017, then fall to less than 10% in the summer months.

Texas generates more wind energy than any other state. Based on annual data for 2016, Texas accounted for the largest total amount of wind and solar electricity generation.

In seven states, wind and solar provided at least 20% of 2016 electricity generation.

For more information about state electricity generation by energy source, visit EIA’s Electric Power Monthly and Electricity Data Browser.




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