Renewable electricity grows over Obama’s term

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 @ 08:04 AM
posted by rene5432

Over the past year, President Barack Obama has taken heat from some environmental groups for his continued support of fossil fuels like natural gas and oil. But Power Engineering Magazine reports that the U.S. has actually seen a dramatic increase in its reliance on renewable electricity and other forms of green energy over the first three years of Obama's presidency.

The U.S. has been relying on "King Coal" for centuries, but that has finally started to change in the past decade, and particularly since Obama took office. From the start of 2009, coal's share of U.S. energy has fallen 7.16 percent, replaced in large part by natural gas and oil – 13.66 percent and 14.27 percent, respectively.

The biggest gainer, though, was actually renewable energy, which surged 27.12 percent over the same period. Obviously, renewables started out as a smaller proportion, but the growth in the sector has been incredible.

Renewable electricity sources other than hydropower in particular have seen massive changes, growing 54.6 percent over the past three years.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration points out only renewable electricity and natural have grown in recent years, while coal, nuclear power and oil generation all fell.

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