Solar and wind energy on the rise in the U.S.

energy-flowchartMore solar and wind energy was produced in the U.S. in 2012 than ever before, but there is still a long way to go to before solar and wind become a significant part of the country’s power generation, as this chart recently released by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) shows.

Solar energy production in the U.S. increased by 49 percent last year, and wind energy increased by more than 16 percent.

Less coal was used to generate power in 2012, and coal usage may continue to drop as the technology for renewable energy sources becomes less expensive. According to Grist.org, this is also the first year in at least a decade where there has been a measurable decrease in nuclear energy.

Read more on the LLNL website.

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