Several reports recently released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) confirm that the mix of renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) significantly out-performed and expanded their lead over nuclear power in 2020.
Renewables accounted for a substantially greater share of the nation’s installed utility-scale generating capacity than did nuclear power. Renewables provided more actual electrical generation than did nuclear power. And renewables accounted for a far larger percentage of total U.S. energy production and consumption than did nuclear power.
According to the FERC’s final monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update” report for 2020 (with data through December 31, 2020), renewable sources collectively accounted for 22,451 MW — or more than three-quarters (78.09%) — of the 28,751-MW of new utility-scale capacity added in 2020. There were no new capacity additions by nuclear power during the year.
For example, in 2010, FERC reported that installed renewable energy generating capacity was 13.71% of the nation’s total. Five years later, it had increased to 17.83%. At the end of 2020, renewable energy sources had soared to 24.06% of the nation’ total available installed generating capacity.
By comparison, ten years ago, nuclear power’s share of total installed operating generation capacity was 9.56%. By 2015, it had declined to 9.16%. In 2020, it fell to 8.57% and remains on a downward trajectory.
In fact, FERC forecasts that the mix of all renewables will add more than 59,308 MW of net new generating capacity to the nation’s total by December 2023 while nuclear power’s operating capacity will actually drop by 4,330 MW, or more than 4% of its current total.
The calendar year 2020 issue of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” (with data through December 31, 2020) reveals that renewable energy sources — including distributed solar (e.g., rooftop systems) — collectively provided 20.59% of the country’s total electrical output last year — up from 18.34% a year earlier.
Renewables’ share of U.S. electrical generation in 2020 eclipsed that of nuclear power (19.50%); that is, renewable energy sources produced 5.61% more electricity than did nuclear power whose output actually fell 2.41% during the same twelve-month period.
对于透视，可再生能源于2010年底占美国电力发电的10.36％，于2015年底占13.65％。因此，可再生能源在过去十年中对该国家的电力发电增加了一倍。相比之下，核电的份额在大大不变地保持不变 - 2010年的19.6％和2015年的19.4％。
此外，去年，公用事业规模可再生能源在29个州加华盛顿州的核电提供了更多的电力。其中21个州以及华盛顿州D.C.在年内使用核电产生零电力。 AK，CA，CO，DC，DE，IA，ID，IN，HI，KS，KY，MA，ME，MN，MT，ND，NE，NM，NV，NY，OK或，RI，SD，TX，UT，VT，WA，WV，WY AK，CO，DC，DE，ID，HI，IN，KY，MA，ME，MT，ND，NM，NV，OK，RI，SD，UT，VT，WV，WY
Renewables provided a far greater share of U.S. energy production and use in 2020 than did nuclear power
According to the latest issue of EIA’s “Monthly Energy Review” (with data through December 31, 2020), renewable energy sources (i.e., biofuels, biomass, hydropower, geothermal, solar, wind) provided 12.29% of domestic energy production and 12.47% of domestic energy consumption during 2020.
In total, in 2020, renewable sources produced 42.74% more energy than did nuclear power. And the difference appears to be widening. Renewable sources produced 2.14% more energy in 2020 than they did in 2019 while nuclear power’s output dropped by 2.41% year-over-year.
的角度来看,2010年,可再生能源的11.10%f domestic production and 8.48% of consumption. Five years later, renewable sources accounted for 11.02% of production and 9.98% of consumption.
By comparison, nuclear power was 11.26% of production and 8.65% of energy consumption in 2010. By 2015, it had dropped to 9.45% of production and 8.56% of consumption. In fact, 2010 was the last year in which nuclear power provided more energy than did renewable energy sources.
FERC的7页“2020年12月的能源基础设施更新”于2021年2月8日发布。它可以在https://www.ferc.gov; open the link “Industries and Data,” then follow to “FERC Staff Reports and Papers,” and then to “Energy Infrastructure.” For the information cited in this update, see the tables entitled “New Generation In-Service (New Build and Expansion),” “Total Available Installed Generating Capacity,” and “Generation Capacity Additions and Retirements.”
The U.S. Energy Information Administration issued its “Electric Power Monthly” report for calendar year 2020 on February 24, 2021. It may be found at:https://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly.（见“以前的问题”下的2月2021年）
The electricity data cited in this update can be found at, or extrapolated from, Tables ES1.A and ES1.B.
State-by-state data for individual energy sources can be found in Tables 1.4A – 1.18B.
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