EIA: Renewables Growing Rapidly as Electricity Generation Fuel Source

Renewable sources for electricity generation are growing rapidly, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The EIA forecasts that renewables — which include wind, solar, and hydroelectric — will produce 18% of all U.S. electricity this year, and almost 20% in 2020. The EIA also predicts that wind generation will surpass hydroelectric generation to become the leading source of renewable generation in both years. Overall, natural gas is expected to continue its dominance as a fuel source for electricity production, accounting for 37% of all U.S. electricity generation this year and 38% in 2020.

In Ohio — the nation’s eighth largest net electricity producer — coal remains the largest fuel source at 47%, followed by natural gas at 35%, according to the EIA. Industrial sites account for roughly one-third of all Ohio’s electricity consumption. 5/1/2019