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  (Source: renewablepowernews.com)
Renewable energy production in the United States has increased by a little over 15 percent since the first quarter of 2010, which puts it ahead of nuclear energy production and closer to surpassing domestic oil production

A new report published by the Energy Information Administration has found that renewable energy production in the United States has increased by a little over 15 percent since the first quarter of 2010, which puts it ahead of nuclear energy production and closer to surpassing domestic oil production.

According to the Energy Information Administration's most recent Monthly Energy Review, renewable energy sources such as biomass/biofuels, hydropower, wind, solar and geothermal have accounted for 11.73 percent of U.S. energy production during the first three months of 2011. This equates to 2.245 quadrillion BTUs of energy. Of this total, biomass/biofuels accounted for 48 percent, hydropower was 35.41 percent, wind was 12.87 percent, geothermal was 2.45 percent and solar was 1.16 percent. 

Since the first quarter of 2010, renewable energy production has increased by a little over 15 percent, and has increased by more than 25 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2009. As far as individual forms of renewable energy go, solar power has increased by 104.8 percent when compared to the first quarter last year while wind increased by 40.3 percent, hydropower increased by 28.7 percent and geothermal increased by 5.8 percent.

The Monthly Energy Review reported that renewable energy production beat nuclear energy power by 5.65 percent, and that "energy produced from renewables is 77.15 percent of that from domestic crude oil production." Nuclear power experienced a minimal increase, but has mainly stayed steady.

Renewable energy's rise to second place is not all that surprising, considering Japan's nuclear crisis after the 9.0-magnitude earthquake has filled many people with a fear of nuclear power. For instance, U.S. senators insisted that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission repeat a costly inspection of nuclear power back in March.

"Notwithstanding the recent nuclear accident in Japan, among many others, and the rapid growth in energy and electricity from renewable sources, congressional Republicans continue to press for more nuclear energy funding while seeking deep cuts in renewable energy investments," said Ken Bossong, Executive Director of the SUN DAY Campaign. "One has to wonder, 'what are these people thinking?'"





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