Renewable energy sources provide nearly 30% of electricity generation in the United States

Driven by strong growth in solar and wind power, electricity generation from renewable energy sources (i.e. also including biomass, geothermal and hydropower) accounted for almost 30% of total U.S. power generation in April and more than a quarter in the first four months of 2022, according to a SUN DAY campaign analysis of recently released EIA data.

The latest issue of the EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” report (with data through April 30, 2022) also reveals that during the first third of this year, solar power (including distributed systems on roofs) increased by 28.93%, while wind energy increased by 24.25%. Together, solar and wind increased by 25.46% and accounted for more than one-sixth (16.67%) of electricity generation in the United States (wind – 12.24%, solar – 4, 43%).

Hydroelectricity also increased by 9.99% in the first four months of 2022. However, wind alone provided 70.89% more electricity than hydroelectricity.

With contributions from geothermal and biomass, the mix of renewable energy sources increased by 18.49% and supplied 25.52% of the country’s electricity in the first four months of 2022. During in April alone, renewables accounted for 29.30% of electricity generation in the United States. – an absolute record.

For the first third of the year, renewables outpaced coal and nuclear by 26.13% and 37.80% respectively. Indeed, electricity production by coal fell by 3.94% compared to the same period in 2021 while nuclear fell by 1.80%.

Moreover, for the first time ever – and probably a harbinger of things to come – the combination of wind and solar produced more electricity in April than the country’s nuclear plants – 17.96% of more.

“Despite headwinds such as the Covid pandemic, grid access issues and disruptions to global supply chains, solar and wind remain on track,” noted SUN DAY Campaign Executive Director Ken Bossong. “Furthermore, by outperforming nuclear power by ever-greater margins, they illustrate the folly of trying to revive the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California and the just-retired Palisades reactor in Michigan rather than focusing on energy. accelerating the growth of renewable energy.”

NOTE: Unless otherwise stated, the electricity figures quoted above include the EIA’s “small-scale solar PV estimate” (e.g. rooftop solar systems) which is 29.12 % of total solar production and more than five percent (5.06%) of total net electricity production. by renewable energy sources.


The latest issue of the EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” was published late July 7, 2022.

For the data cited in this update, see the tables:

The SUN DAY Campaign is a nonprofit research and education organization founded in 1992 to aggressively promote 100% reliance on sustainable energy technologies as cost-effective alternatives to nuclear power and fossil fuels and as a strategy of combating climate change. Follow on Twitter: @SunDayCampaign

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