High renewable electricity growth continued in 2015

The 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 16.7 percent of total installed capacity and 13.8 percent of total electricity generation during the past year. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the data book illustrates U.S. and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends.

"Since it was first released in 2009, the Renewable Energy Data Book has provided useful insights for policymakers, analysts, and investors," NREL Energy Analyst Philipp Beiter said. "The 2015 version of the data book highlights the ongoing trend of growing capacity and generation in the United States and globally."

The 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book compiles recently available statistics for the 2015 calendar year. Key insights include:

  • Renewable electricity accounted for 64 percent of U.S. electricity capacity additions in 2015, compared to 52 percent in 2014.
  • Renewable electricity generation increased 2.4 percent in 2015. Solar electricity generation increased by 35.8 percent (11.7 terawatt-hours), and wind electricity generation increased by 5.1 percent (9.3 terawatt-hours), while generation from hydropower dropped by 3.2 percent (-8.2 terawatt-hours).
  • The combined share of wind and solar as a percentage of renewable generation continued to grow in the U.S. in 2015. Hydropower produced more than 44 percent of total generation, wind produced 34 percent, biomass produced 11 percent, solar (photovoltaic and concentrating solar power) produced 8 percent, and geothermal produced 3 percent.
  • Wind electricity installed capacity increased by more than 12 percent (8.1 gigawatts) in a year, accounting for more than 56 percent of U.S. renewable electricity capacity installed in 2015.
  • U.S. solar electricity installed capacity increased by 36 percent (5.6 gigawatts), accounting for nearly 40 percent of newly installed U.S. renewable electricity capacity in 2015.
  • In 2015, California continued to have the most installed renewable electricity capacity of any U.S. state (nearly 31 gigawatts), followed by Washington (nearly 25 gigawatts) and Texas (more than 19 gigawatts).California has a diverse mix of renewables led by solar PV, hydropower, and wind. In Washington, the main contributor to renewable capacity is hydropower, while wind is the largest contributor in Texas.
  • Oklahoma had the highest growth rate (30 percent) in installed renewable electricity capacity additions in 2015, followed by North Carolina (27 percent), Utah (27 percent), and Kansas (27 percent). Additions in wind capacity were the main contributor to growth in Oklahoma and Kansas, whereas additions in solar PV capacity accounted for most of the growth in North Carolina and Utah.
  • Installed renewable electricity capacity increased to more than 29 percent of total electricity capacity worldwide in 2015. Renewables accounted for more than 24 percent of all worldwide.

The 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book is produced by NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis Center. For more on the data book, see the EERE Blog.


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Nov 23, 2016
Nice download.

Overall, per capita electric use is declining, due to the changeover to more efficient devices, lighting and appliances.

Add the home generation and the large wind and solar sites, include now-practical storage, and soon we will need no dangerous or filthy power systems at all.

Nov 24, 2016
Meanwhile, the Japanese people are worried right now due to the continuing earthquakes off Fukushima, and the fragility of the massive collection of tanks holding radioactive water.

Fukushima is a festering sore, daily contaminating the Earth with disgusting toxins.

Nov 24, 2016
@STOLEN VALOR LIAR-kam
a festering sore
worse than you?
tell us, super-jeenyous, which is more dangerous and exposes a person to higher levels of radiation: standing next to a reactor or flying?

you have never actually answered that one, despite your claims of engineering prowess and your argument from authority WRT nukes...

why is that?

the sun also exposes humans to dangerous radiation 24/7/365, are ya gonna advocate for it's removal too?

quit sloganeering with emotional fear based delusional rhetoric and start posting science- and start by answering the question with evidence, not claims

per your request...

Nov 24, 2016
Go stand by one of the remains of the Fukushima reactors. Nobody can even see them because the radiation is so intense it kills our vision systems and the special robots we invent and try to send in.

Perhaps this post of yours is based on your hate for me, and not the Faustian Bargain of nuclear power technologies.

A question you never answered is why such a "clean" power source needs stacks greatly exceeding the height of those in fossil plants. What do they vent which is so nasty they have to get it as far away as they can?

Get rid of your emotional tantrum,, and we can debate the folly of nukes.

Nov 24, 2016
@STOLEN VALOR LIAR-kam
and we can debate the folly of nukes
we can't do this until you can be rational and stop your emotional stupidity

and since you obviously can't do that - here are some facts and real science for the readers which not only answers my question above (that you obviously can't answer out of fear and blatant stupidity - and it is stupidity because i've given you the answer before, more than once)

http://physics.ke...re15.pdf

https://www.youtu...yv9arXqU

https://www.youtu...xY-wOrI8

https://www.youtu...rcdMiIGs

https://www.youtu...Zm8XO7Zc

https://www.youtu...I3ifi_UI

https://www.youtu...MRkN99aE

https://www.youtu...g-TXBgU8

those last two are important because they show actual measurements next to a reactor and on a plane

actual evidence - not like your crap

per your request

Nov 24, 2016
Fukushima, Trumpy, Fukushima.

People do not live on airplanes at 30,000 feet, but do live near reactors and their emissions. Now, let's talk about those immensely tall stacks.

What do they vent that requires them to be so high? The world wants to know. That stuff comes to us.

But you have never even been in a nuke plant. And you can't tell one type from the other.

I learned to distrust the technology by doing those tests on part of the safety systems of the kind that melted down at Fukushima, the GE Mark I and Mark II BWR.

BTW, in the middle of those tests, we stopped to watch the unfolding disaster at Three Mile Island.

Nov 24, 2016
@STOLEN VALOR LIAR-kam
People do not live on airplanes at 30,000 feet, but do live near reactors and their emissions
1- so you're saying that a person living a mile from a reactor is in more danger than an airline pilot that regularly flies long distance?
really?

2- you are posting your OPINION - that is not science, but subjective belief based upon your fears and emotions
do you have any science or equivalent evidence that refutes the evidence that i brought up as proof?

no?

then per your request....
What do they vent that requires them to be so high?
asked and answered- but you ignored the evidence
The world wants to know
then why do you keep ignoring the evidence?
But you have never even been in a nuke plant
been more times than you, obviously
just like i've been through enough to know how they work and the science, unlike you, who only presents fear, emotion and your opinion

BTW - your attempted redirect to personal stupidity is irrelevant

Nov 24, 2016
This thread regards reneweable resources not your emotional state.

You have bragged how you have hacked into my computer, and after that, I could not post for a while. That is illegal, and only confirms my opinion of your character. You are a bad loser, Trumpy, . . a Bad Loser.

If you were really a veteran, you could get help for your nasty inability to control your emotions.

Nov 24, 2016
@STOLEN VALOR LIAR-kam
This thread regards reneweable resources not your emotional state
1- thats what i've been trying to tell you
because
2- you brought up your fear-based emotional argument of "Fukushima"
You have bragged how you have hacked into my computer
no, i didn't
learn to f*cking read
and you always have the right to litigate - so i suggest you exercise that right, considering you've already made the threat
If you were really a veteran
already proven more than a dozen times

per your request, you're being reported for spreading chronic lies that are not substantiated by the evidence

have a nice thanksgiving, TROLL

Nov 24, 2016
Fukushima is reality, not fantasy, not emotion. Reality. Check it out. Want some internet addresses?

Your identity and your "service" are the emotional fantasy.

Please get help with your fixation on me.

Thanks.

Nov 24, 2016
@STOLEN VALOR LIAR-kam
Fukushima is reality
1- the place is, yes
2- so?
Want some internet addresses?
nope
that sh*t is illegal in my state, and you should be ashamed of yourself
Your identity and your "service" are the emotional fantasy
emotional OT irrelevant content which is a known chronic lie considering i've already provided the evidence repeatedly

so per your request... reported

the important point you're ignoring:
you don't like nukes
who cares? no one

HOWEVER
when you start making claims about safety or the science behind nukes and how we will never need them, etc, then it becomes your stupidity and emotional content

so it's subjective, not science
sloganeering will not help reality - science will

i have a family gathering - obviously you've nothing but your emotional stupidity, so i'll leave you to post OT content for a while

get a life and learn some science - you claim education but you demonstrate stupidity

Nov 24, 2016
I have the experience in the testing of BWR safety systems, not you.

Do we have to go through all that again? After I had to prove the work for NASA, the work for DCPA, the work for Test Pilot School, the work in Power Quality, the industrial experience, you still want more?

We may have to wait until my story comes out in Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine.


Nov 24, 2016
@STOLEN VALOR LIAR-kam
I have the experience in the testing of BWR safety systems, not you
1- prove it

2- if you have any nuke experience you should be more familiar with safety and other statistics

you've shown absolutely no familiarization for any of that
Do we have to go through all that again?
repeating your claims don't make them more true
you're a proven chronic liar - links/references or STFU
After I had to prove the work for NASA
you have never once proven to me that you worked for NASA
you still want more?
repeating lies don't make them more true
... Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine
do they know you're a chronic liar?
perhaps i should send them samples of your stuff from here?

science isn't about making unsubstantiated claims, nor is it about argument from authority
you've produced absolutely no evidence at all whatsoever of any familiarity with nukes - even Benni said that

so, per your request...

Nov 24, 2016
"you have never once proven to me that you worked for NASA"
----------------------------------

I did work for NASA as a consultant. You saw the NASA catalog of studies and reports with my name on page 71, because I sent it to you.

What did you do? Who are you? Why are you hiding and attacking others who are real?

Nov 25, 2016
You also sent people pics of your neighbors roof and claimed it proved you had PV. You also sent pics of your honorary store-bought MS and claimed it was for environmental mgt.

And so we can conclude that you never worked for NASA no matter what you sent.

'Cause youre a liar george. Its what you do. And because of your lies nobody here believes a word you say.

Nov 25, 2016
Please find some other target for your adolescent bashings. It has gotten old. Snipers like you who hide behind a cut-out and a phony name to attack others in what you have described as your "game" are sick.

Your continual interjection of psychopathy is a transparent cry, . . or whine, . . for help.

Go get it. If you had served in any military, you could get both help and excuse for your disorder. As it is, probably not.

Nov 25, 2016
Please find some other target for your adolescent bashings. It has gotten old. Snipers like you who hide behind a cut-out and a phony name to attack others in what you have described as your "game" are sick.

Your continual interjection of psychopathy is a transparent cry, . . or whine, . . for help.

Go get it. If you had served in any military, you could get both help and excuse for your disorder. As it is, probably not.
You also sent people pics of your neighbors roof and claimed it proved you had PV. You also sent pics of your honorary store-bought MS and claimed it was for environmental mgt.

You did these things didnt you?

Nov 25, 2016
It is my roof, both levels. You have not seen it.

My Master of Science from the University of San Francisco has no credits for "life experience" as alleged by a jealous Ira. It is a rigorous technical course of Ecoscience, Thermodynamics of Energy Systems, Environmental Law, Environmental Economics, and other pertinent courses.

My award of Airman of the Month for the entire Air Force Flight Test Center was not just an invitation to address the Rotary Club, as Ira alleged.

Just wise up and go get a phony existence somewhere else. There are lots of ways to get your kicks other than this "game" you bragged about: Go pull the wings off flies, put salt on slugs, burn ants with magnifying glasses.

Energy is one of my professional fields, sniper. Do you have any?

Nov 25, 2016
It is my roof, both levels. You have not seen it
So put a pic of it on your little website rather than send out phony pics of other peoples roofs.
My Master of Science from the University of San Francisco has no credits for "life experience"
Well it has no credits at all does it? As well as the requisite undergrad degree for a real MS.

Youre a DROPOUT.
It is a rigorous technical course of Ecoscience, Thermodynamics of Energy Systems, Environmental Law
You wrote a popsci article. You dont even know what CFR is. How could you design anything REAL?
My award of Airman of the Month for the entire Air Force Flight Test Center was not just an invitation to address the Rotary Club, as Ira alleged
Yeah it was. We all know it.
Energy is one of my professional fields
Not possible as you are not a professional.

All lies george. confirmed lies, mostly by you yourself even though youre too stupid to realize it.

Heehee what a loser.

Nov 25, 2016
Outgrow it, "otto". Go elsewhere to snipe.

I want to discuss renewable energy.

Please go to twitter for games.

Thanks.

Nov 27, 2016
This is not sniping this is exposing a lying cheating psychopath for the good of this little patch of humanity. Normal people read my post and then read yours and learn a little more about how the mind of a serial abuser and victimizer works.

This is the one thing you're good for.

Nov 27, 2016
After Three Mile Island, the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District shut down their TMI II clone as unsafe, and put in photovoltaic systems on the site, and had their customers do the same at home. Their prices beat anybody else' here, and their service is great.

But I want to be potentially independent in case of movement on the Calaveras and/or Hayward Fault. It's coming.

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