The combination of all renewable energy sources in the United States generated the second largest share of electricity generation in 2020, behind natural gas, a new record for the renewable sector at the same time as coal generation continued its multi-year plunge. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) published new figures on Wednesday as part of it’s ‘Today in Energy’ series, revealing that renewable energy sources generated a record 834 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2020, or about 21% of the country’s total generated electricity.
Renew Economy 29th July 2021 read more »
As one of the US’s windiest states, Wyoming has enormous potential to help power the country’s green revolution, but renewable energy in the west has long been dogged by a fundamental problem of transmission. Wind and solar farms tend to be located in remote areas separated from populated cities by hundreds of miles of rugged terrain, a tangle of government regulations and resistance from landowners who don’t want power lines buzzing over their yards. After more than a decade of trying, a corporation that made billions drilling for oil is poised to add a critical piece in the renewable energy puzzle. This month, TransWest Express LLC announced that it had acquired almost all the permits, permissions and partnerships needed to begin seeking customers for a 732-mile high voltage power line that would carry 20,000 GWh of renewable energy a year – roughly three-quarters of the energy needed to power Los Angeles – from southern Wyoming to a distribution hub near Las Vegas where it could tap into the grid that feeds Phoenix and Los Angeles.
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