Renewable energy sources (biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) produced significantly more electricity than either coal or nuclear power during the first five months of 2020, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of just-released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
In May alone, renewable sources accounted for more than one-quarter (25.3%) of the nation’s net electrical generation — an all-time high.
The latest issue of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” (with data through May 31, 2020) reveals that solar and wind both showed continued, strong growth, expanding faster than all other energy sources. For the period January through May, solar-generated electricity expanded by 23.1% (compared to the same period in 2019) and provided nearly 3.3% of the nation’s total. Wind grew by 11.5% and accounted for more than 9.3% of total generation.