According to the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), renewable energy has officially become the second most common source of electricity in 2020 after fossil fuels. Although more scientists than ever believe that nuclear energy is potentially a more clean energy source, the country’s electricity production has declined slightly.
Geothermal, hydropower, and other renewable energy sources account for more than one-fifth, or 21%, of the total electricity generation in the United States. Followed by 20% nuclear power and 19% coal. Fuel power generation is still far ahead of the country, accounting for 40% of total power generation in 2020. Although a bit disappointing, it is also a big step forward for renewable energy, reflecting the continued decline in the role of coal as an energy source.
Coal energy has dropped to 20% from 2019 to 2020, while renewable energy has increased by 9% over the same period. If this progress continues, renewable energy may replace fossil fuels as the main energy source in the United States.
Among various renewable energy sources in 2020, wind energy is the most common energy source, but other types may close in. According to data from the EIA website, from 2019 to 2020, the Solar Power factory exceeded 1 MW and the production capacity increased by 26%. However, this cannot be maintained because the Biden government expects natural gas prices to rise, which will lead to an increase in coal power generation this year, and will again rank second in 2021.
This change will occur mostly because of the calamity that we all faced. For example, in 2020, the COVID19 coronavirus pandemic swept the world, challenging the timing of almost all green initiatives, let alone major economies.
In April of this year, EU officials completed a project that classified nuclear energy as a “green investment” that meets all criteria as a sustainable energy source. In view of the increasing role of renewable energy in U.S. coal, as more and more government agencies and scientists regard this energy as a viable alternative to fuels, fossil fuels, and coal, it will also help to demonstrate the benefits of nuclear energy increase. The European Committee decides which economic activities are sustainable from a sustainable perspective. In 2020, consultants in Brussels are divided on whether nuclear energy should receive a green seal of approval.