Solar, wind power push renewable energy to record level in US in April


The amount of electricity generated by renewable resources hit a record 28% in April, a breakthrough number that shows how important renewable energy has become in US energy markets.

“It’s a ‘Wow’ moment,” said Peter Kelly-Detwiler, an energy analyst and author of “The Energy Switch,” a recent book about the transition to a carbon-free energy economy.

The percentage of US electricity produced by renewable energy from wind, solar and hydroelectric dams has been steadily rising, from 8.6% in April 2001 to this April’s 28%. Those numbers were released this week by the US Energy Information Administration, which tracks energy data for the nation.

What explains the surge?

There are several reasons. At the top is that wind and solar installations dominated US energy buildouts.

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