Alternative Energy Beats Nuclear in Q1

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The latest issue of Monthly Energy Review, published by the Energy Information Administration, revealed thatrenewable energy production has been larger than nuclear energyproduction in the U.S.. It also showed that alternative energy types of energy has almost matched domestic oil production.

According to Domestic Fuel magazine, during the period analyzed (Q1 2011), “energy produced fromrenewable energy sources (biomass/biofuels, geothermal, solar, hydro,wind) generated 2.245 quadrillion Btus of energy equating to 11.73percent of U.S. energy production. During this same time period,renewable energy production surpassed nuclear energy power by 5.65percent. In total, energy produced from renewables is 77.15 percent ofthat from domestic crude oil production.”

Solar power has increased by 104.8 per cent while wind powerincreased by 40.3 per cent. Hydropower increased by 28.7 per cent whilegeothermal saw a rise of 5.8 per cent. Nuclear saw a slight increase ingeneration, but remained mostly stead, the article highlighted.

Overall, renewable energy increased just over 15 per cent comparedwith the same period in 2010 and 25 per cent when compared with the same period in 2009.

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