The United States hit an important green milestone in March: for the first time in history, 10 percent of electricity in this country was generated by wind and solar power nationwide. About 8 percent of the renewable energy came from wind and the rest from solar, according to a recent report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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Wind and solar generation typically peaks in the spring and fall when there is less energy demand, and the EIA expects April to continue the record-setting 10 percent trend. That 10 percent mark is expected to slip in summer months, but 2016 saw an overall growth in renewables.
The report noted that Texas generated more wind and solar energy than any other state, nearly all of which came from wind. Iowa, however, had the largest share of renewables in total energy production. Over a third, 37 percent, of the state’s energy now comes from wind and solar power.
News of the increased use of renewables comes on the heels of environmental uncertainty after the U.S. pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement earlier this month. The Trump administration has also pushed for less stringent environmental regulations and a renewed interest in coal production. … The private sector is increasingly driving a global push for renewables as solar and wind become increasingly competitive. Solar panels and wind turbines are becoming cheaper and more commercially viable, meaning investor interest may spur continued growth in the future.