Wind Energy FAQs: Generation Change – 2016 to 2017

U.S. Annual Change in Electricity Generation by Type (2016-2017)

Comparing U.S. electricity generation, between 2016 and 2017, reveals a remarkable first. Last year was the first in an extremely long time (ever??) when zero-carbon fuel sources provided 100% of all new generation.

Of this total, almost all (99.9%) was renewables – hydro, wind and solar with a small amount of biomass – and only 0.1% was non-renewable (nuclear).

The big loser during the year was gas which fell 117 TWh, representing a decline of 8.5%, to 1,266 terawatt hours (TWh). If that all sounds a little odd, check out this page which shows market share trends, by generator type, from 2008 to 2017 and provides a bit more clarity on what is going on.

For the data hounds out there: here are the numbers from the Energy Information Administration’s ‘Electric Power Monthly’ for both 2016 and 2017;