Wind Surpasses Hydropower And Becomes The Leading Renewable Energy Source

Wind Surpasses Hydropower And Becomes The Leading Renewable Energy Source

In the first half (H1) of 2019, renewable energy sources—including solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, and biomass energy—generated nearly one-fifth (20.1%) of net domestic electricity in the US. The analytical report was published in SUN DAY Campaign, based on the recently released information from EIA (the US Energy Information Administration. In the last year’s same period, renewable sources accounted for 19.9% of net energy produced.

Of the above-mentioned renewable energy sources, wind and solar showed significant positive-growth in electricity production throughout H1 2019, according to EIA.

A jump of 0.9% was observed in the energy generated through wind farms in the US, which surpassed the hydropower-based electricity. Wind energy contributed to producing 7.8% of the net domestic energy, while hydropower with 7.7%. Solar and wind renewable sources accounted for over 10% of U.S. electricity generated in H1 2019.

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The count of solar energy-emerging systems, including photovoltaic structures, in the US increased by 10.5% in H1 2019, as compared to H1 2018. At present, solar energy accounts for around 2.7% of the total electricity generated in the nation. Small-scale solar panels (rooftop systems) in residential areas have been grown by almost 20% throughout the US.

The remaining two renewable energy sources, geothermal and biomass, are jointly contributing 2.2% share of the net domestic electricity.

On a related note, the emergence of the electric vehicle market at a remarkable rate is bringing the new tensions of manufacturing, storing, and supplying the fuel adequately across the globe. Wind energy could be an effective option that may support the EVs under fuel scarcity situations. In addition, the uncertain climatic conditions do not let wind energy to be a reliable source for the sector that consumes energy 24 X 7.

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Instead of letting the surplus energy go unused, Power-to-X technologies can supply this energy to the emerging consumer sectors such as the EV market. Windfarms can use electric vehicles as short-term energy storage units to hold its extra energy.