US generates 6.2% of total electricity supplies from nonhydro renewable sources, says EIA

22 April 2014 (Last Updated April 22nd, 2014 18:30)

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has announced that nonhydro renewable production in the country accounted for 6.2% of total electrical supplies in 2013, up from 5.4% in 2012.

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has announced that nonhydro renewable production in the country accounted for 6.2% of total electrical supplies in 2013, up from 5.4% in 2012.

Eleven states have produced electricity at more than twice the national average, according to a report from EIA.

Meanwhile, the nonhydro renewable resources for the 11 states accounted for between 14% and 32% of the net electricity generation.

The state of Maine tops the list, by producing 32% of its energy from nonhydro renewable means.

"The state of Maine tops the list, by producing 32% of its energy from nonhydro renewable means."

Nonhydro renewable energy sources include wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal.

According to the EIA, power generation from biomass has accounted for 25% of Maine's total electric generation, which is one-fourth of its net electric generation.

Other states with high proportions of renewable generation were primarily dependent on wind energy.

The EIA said that Iowa and South Dakota in the US have produced more than 25% of their net electricity through wind generation.

Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Colorado generated between 12% and 20% of their power from wind resources, the EIA said.

California produced more than 18% of its electricity from nonhydro renewable resources. The state also saw a surge in wind power production during 2013, marking the first year that wind has produced more power than the state's geothermal resources.

Texas produced more electricity than any other state, so the proportion of nonhydroelectric renewable sources in its generation was around 9%.

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