U.S. nonhydro renewable production in the U.S. increased to account for 6.2 percent of total electrical supply in 2013, up from 5.4 percent in 2012, with 11 states producing nonhydro renewable energy at more than twice the national average, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
In those 11 states, nonhydro renewable resources accounted for between 14 percent and 32 percent of the net electric generation, with Maine leading all states by producing 32 percent of its power from nonhydro renewables. Biomass resources accounted for 25 percent of Maine’s total electric generation, according to the EIA.
The other states largely relied on wind power to produce its nonhydro renewable power, with Iowa and South Dakota producing more than 25 percent of their net electricity from wind generation. Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon and Colorado generated between 12 percent and 20 percent of their power from wind resources, the EIA stated.
California generated more than 18 percent of its electricity from nonhydro renewable resources. The state also showed an increase in wind power production, with 2013 marking the first year wind produced more power than the state’s geothermal resources.
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