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Table 10.2c Renewable Energy Consumption: Electric Power Sector, 1949-2011 (Trillion Btu)
Table 10.2c  Renewable Energy Consumption:  Electric Power Sector, 1949-2011
                          (Trillion Btu)


Year

Hydroelectric
Power 1


Geothermal 2


Solar/PV 3


Wind 4
Biomass

Total
Wood 5 Waste 6 Total
1949 1,349 NA NA NA 6 NA 6 1,355
1950 1,346 NA NA NA 5 NA 5 1,351
1951 1,361 NA NA NA 5 NA 5 1,366
1952 1,404 NA NA NA 6 NA 6 1,411
1953 1,356 NA NA NA 5 NA 5 1,361
1954 1,304 NA NA NA 3 NA 3 1,307
1955 1,322 NA NA NA 3 NA 3 1,325
1956 1,398 NA NA NA 2 NA 2 1,400
1957 1,480 NA NA NA 2 NA 2 1,482
1958 1,555 NA NA NA 2 NA 2 1,557
1959 1,511 NA NA NA 2 NA 2 1,513
1960 1,569 (s) NA NA 2 NA 2 1,571
1961 1,621 1 NA NA 1 NA 1 1,623
1962 1,780 1 NA NA 1 NA 1 1,783
1963 1,737 2 NA NA 1 NA 1 1,741
1964 1,853 2 NA NA 2 NA 2 1,856
1965 2,026 2 NA NA 3 NA 3 2,031
1966 2,028 2 NA NA 3 NA 3 2,034
1967 2,311 3 NA NA 3 NA 3 2,317
1968 2,313 5 NA NA 4 NA 4 2,322
1969 2,614 6 NA NA 3 NA 3 2,624
1970 2,600 6 NA NA 1 2 4 2,609
1971 2,790 6 NA NA 1 2 3 2,799
1972 2,829 15 NA NA 1 2 3 2,848
1973 2,827 20 NA NA 1 2 3 2,851
1974 3,143 26 NA NA 1 2 3 3,172
1975 3,122 34 NA NA (s) 2 2 3,158
1976 2,943 38 NA NA 1 2 3 2,983
1977 2,301 37 NA NA 3 2 5 2,343
1978 2,905 31 NA NA 2 1 3 2,940
1979 2,897 40 NA NA 3 2 5 2,942
1980 2,867 53 NA NA 3 2 5 2,925
1981 2,725 59 NA NA 3 1 4 2,788
1982 3,233 51 NA NA 2 1 3 3,286
1983 3,494 64 NA (s) 2 2 4 3,562
1984 3,353 81 (s) (s) 5 4 9 3,443
1985 2,937 97 (s) (s) 8 7 14 3,049
1986 3,038 108 (s) (s) 5 7 12 3,158
1987 2,602 112 (s) (s) 8 7 15 2,729
1988 2,302 106 (s) (s) 10 8 17 2,425
19897 2,808 152 3 22 100 132 232 3,217
1990 3,014 161 4 29 129 188 317 3,524
1991 2,985 167 5 31 126 229 354 3,542
1992 2,586 167 4 30 140 262 402 3,189
1993 2,861 173 5 31 150 265 415 3,484
1994 2,620 160 5 36 152 282 434 3,255
1995 3,149 138 5 33 125 296 422 3,747
1996 3,528 148 5 33 138 300 438 4,153
1997 3,581 150 5 34 137 309 446 4,216
1998 3,241 151 5 31 137 308 444 3,872
1999 3,218 152 5 46 138 315 453 3,874
2000 2,768 144 5 57 134 318 453 3,427
2001 2,209 142 6 70 126 211 337 2,763
2002 2,650 147 6 105 150 230 380 3,288
2003 2,781 148 5 115 167 230 397 3,445
2004 2,656 148 6 142 165 223 388 3,340
2005 2,670 147 6 178 185 221 406 3,406
2006 2,839 145 5 264 182 231 412 3,665
2007 2,430 145 6 341 186 237 423 3,345
2008 2,494 146 9 546 177 258 435 3,630
2009 2,650 146 9 721 180 261 441 3,967
2010 R 2,521 R 148 R 12 R 923 R 196 R 264 R 459 R 4,064
2011P 3,153 163 18 1,168 175 269 444 4,945
1Conventional hydroelectricity net generation (converted to Btu using the fossil-fuels heat rate-see
Table A6).
7Through 1988, data are for electric utilities only.  Beginning in 1989, data are for electric utilities and
independent power producers.
2Geothermal electricity net generation (converted to Btu using the fossil-fuels heat rate-see Table A6). R=Revised.  P=Preliminary.  NA=Not available.  (s)=Less than 0.5 trillion Btu.  
3Solar thermal and photovoltaic (PV) electricity net generation (converted to Btu using the fossil-fuels
heat rate-see Table A6).
Notes:  -  The electric power sector comprises electricity-only and combined-heat-and-power (CHP)
plants within the NAICS 22 category whose primary business is to sell electricity, or electricity and heat, to
the public.  -  See Tables 8.2a-8.2d and 8.3a-8.3c for electricity net generation and useful thermal output
from renewable energy sources; Tables 8.4a-8.4c, 8.5a-8.5d, 8.6a-8.6c, and 8.7a-8.7c for renewable
energy consumption for electricity generation and useful thermal output; and Tables 8.11a-8.11d for
renewable energy electric net summer capacity.  -  See Note 3, "Electricity Imports and Exports," at end of
Section 8.  -  Totals may not equal sum of components due to independent rounding.
4Wind electricity net generation (converted to Btu using the fossil-fuels heat rate-see Table A6). Web Pages:  -  See http://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/#renewable for updated monthly and
annual data.  -  See http://www.eia.gov/renewable/ for related information.
5Wood and wood-derived fuels. Sources:  Tables 8.2b, 8.5b, 8.7b, and A6.
6Municipal solid waste from biogenic sources, landfill gas, sludge waste, agricultural byproducts, and
other biomass.  Through 2000, also includes non-renewable waste (municipal solid waste from
non-biogenic sources, and tire-derived fuels).
 
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