For the first time in history, green energy outpaced nuclear (790 billion kWh) and coal (774 billion kWh) energy production in the United States. Last year, renewable energy generated a record 834 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, accounting for 21% of the United States’ total energy production.
Natural gas remained the top source of energy production in the U.S., generating 1,617 kWh last year, about 40% of the total generation. Only a slight decline from last year.
The shift stems from an increase in renewable sources, but also a steep decline in coal usage, which dropped 20% from 2019.