Newsweek headline: U.S. Produces More Power from Wind and Solar than Nuclear for First Time
BY JESSICA THOMSON ON 7/8/22 AT 6:44 AM EDT
In April of this year sustainable wind and solar energy sources produced 17.96 percent more electricity than nuclear power plants, the first time the former have overtaken the latter in U.S. history.
This surge in wind and solar-generated electricity meant that clean energy, which also includes geothermal, hydroelectric and biomass energy, comprised nearly 30 percent of the total electricity in the whole U.S., according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data. In 2021, clean energy only made up around 20 percent of the total electricity across the country.
“Notwithstanding headwinds such as the COVID pandemic, grid access problems, and disruptions in global supply chains, solar and wind remain on a roll”, said Ken Bossong, executive director of SUN DAY Campaign, which analyzed the EIA data, in a press release.