U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Short-Term Energy Outlook
Renewables and CO2 Emissions
Electricity and Heat Generation from Renewables
EIA projects that total renewables used for electricity and heat generation will grow by 2.9% in 2015. Conventional hydropower generation increases by 6.0%, while nonhydropower renewables generation increases by 1.4%. In 2016, total renewables consumption for electric power and heat generation increases by 1.8% as a result of a 3.6% decline in hydropower and a 4.6% increase in nonhydropower renewables.
Wind is the largest source of nonhydropower renewable generation, and it is projected to contribute 5.0% of total electricity generation in 2016. In 2014, wind generation produced more than 10% of total ERCOT electricity generation (most of Texas), which represented 20% of total U.S. wind generation.
EIA expects continued growth in utility-scale solar power generation, which is projected to average 74 gigawatthours (GWh) per day in 2016. Despite this growth, utility-scale solar power averages only 0.6% of total U.S. electricity generation in 2016. Although solar growth has historically been concentrated in customer-sited distributed generation installations, EIA expects that utility-scale solar capacity will increase by more than 60% between the end of 2014 and the end of 2016, with about half of this new capacity being built in California. Wind capacity, which grew by 7.6% in 2014, is forecast to increase by 11.4% in 2015 and by another 11.0% in 2016. Because wind is starting from a much larger base than solar, even though the growth rate is lower, the absolute amount of the increase in capacity is more than twice that of solar: 15 GW of wind compared with 6 GW of utility-scale solar between 2014 and 2016.
After reaching a record monthly average of 1,002,000 bbl/d in December 2014, ethanol production in February 2015 is estimated to have fallen to an average of 948,000 bbl/d. Ethanol production averaged 935,000 bbl/d in 2014, and EIA expects it to average 947,000 bbl/d in 2015 and 942,000 bbl/d in 2016. Biodiesel production averaged an estimated 83,000 bbl/d in 2014 and is forecast to average 84,000 bbl/d in both 2015 and 2016.
Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions
EIA estimates that emissions grew 1.0% in 2014. Emissions are forecast to increase by 0.2% in 2015 and by 0.3% in 2016. These forecasts are sensitive to both weather and economic assumptions.
|U.S. Renewables & CO2 Emissions Summary|
|2013||2014||2015 projected||2016 projected|
a Conventional hydroelectric power only. Hydroelectricity generated by pumped storage is not included in renewable energy.
|U.S. Renewables Consumption||(quadrillion Btu)|
|Carbon Dioxide Emissions by Fuel||(million metric tons)|
|Petroleum and Other Liquid Fuels||2231||2250||2269||2279|
|Total Fossil Fuels||5351||5405||5415||5432|
Interactive Data Viewers
|U.S. Renewable Energy Supply||XLSX||PNG|
|U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions Growth||XLSX||PNG|
|U.S. Total Industrial Production Index||XLSX||PNG|
|U.S. Disposable Income||XLSX||PNG|
|Today In Energy||Daily|
|U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions||Annual|
|State-Level Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions||Annual|
|Changes to Electricity and Renewables Tables||Aug-2012|
|Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States||31-Mar-2011|
|Understanding the Decline in CO2 Emissions in 2009||Oct-2009|
|Biodiesel Supply and Consumption||Apr-2009|