How much U.S. electricity is generated from renewable energy?

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Renewable energy sources provided 15% of U.S. electricity generation in 2016. Most of this was in the form of hydro and wind power.

The following image provides the amount of renewable energy, relative to other electricity sources, as well as a breakdown of the different sources of renewable energy.

Sources of Renewable Electricity Generation, 2015; chart shaped like an outlet. Renewables are 13% of generation. Renewable breakout: hydropower, 46%; wind, 35%; biomass wood, 8%; solar, 5%; biomass waste, 3%; geothermal, 3%.

Learn More

  • 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book (Report), Department of Energy
    Report on the state of renewable energy in the United States and worldwide, with lots of data, maps, and charts for each renewable energy source.
  • Renewable Energy Production by State (Map), Department of Energy
    Map showing the percentage of energy production in each state that comes from renewable sources, plus a breakdown of the relative contributions of different types of renewable energy to this total.
  • Clean Energy (Website), Department of Energy
    Department of Energy hub for information on renewable energy in the U.S., including the Department of Energy's work in renewable energy.