Renewable energy edged out nuclear power in U.S. for 2011

I found this on a health care blog today:

Little noted, but a milestone nonetheless: In 2011, total production of renewable energy in the U.S., which includes hydropower, wind, solar and bio-based fuels, surpassed the output of the nuclear power industry. The latest monthly update from the Energy Information Agency, released in late December, showed renewables generated 9.4 percent of all energy in the first nine months of the year, whether used to produce electricity, move cars, heat homes, power industry, whatever. That compared to 8.2 percent for the comparable period in 2010. In 2008, the year before President Obama took office, renewables generated just 7.2 percent of the energy that powers America.

Who lost share? The nuclear power industry fell to 8.4 percent last year from 8.6 percent in 2010 and 8.5 percent in 2008, and fossil fuels — coal, gas and, of course, oil — fell to 82.1 percent from 84.2 percent before the president took office.

Here’s a link: http://gooznews.com/?p=3484

A small victory, and something to make us all hopeful for the new year.

 

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About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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