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Release Date: March 6, 2018  |  Next Release Date: April 10, 2018  |  Full Report    |   Text Only   |   All Tables   |   All Figures

Renewables and Carbon Dioxide Emissions

  • Total solar electricity generation averaged an estimated 211,000 MWh/d in 2017. EIA projects that it will reach 246,000 MWh/d in 2018 and 294,000 MWh/d in 2019.
  • After declining by 0.6% in 2017, EIA projects that energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will increase by 1.0% in 2018 and by another 0.8% in 2019. Energy-related CO2 emissions are sensitive to changes in weather, economic growth, and energy prices.
U.S. Renewables & CO2 Emissions Summary
aConventional hydroelectric power only. Hydroelectricity generated by pumped storage is not included in renewable energy.
bIncludes electricity and heat generation
cOther renewables includes biofuels production losses and co-products
dIncludes electric power sector use of geothermal energy and non-biomass waste
U.S. Renewables Consumption (quadrillion Btu)
Geothermal 0.2100.2120.2270.229
Hydropowera 2.4722.7722.5942.542
Solar 0.5700.7700.9041.069
Waste Biomass 0.5030.4840.4920.496
Wind 2.1132.3672.4542.642
Wood Biomass 2.1532.1722.1542.158
Electricity Subtotalb 8.0068.7548.7959.102
Biomass-based Diesel 0.2910.2790.3250.361
Ethanol 1.1821.1891.2181.223
Biofuels Subtotal 1.4731.4671.5351.584
Otherc 0.8010.8170.8230.832
Total 10.27911.05411.15411.519
Carbon Dioxide Emissions by Fuel (million metric tons)
Petroleum and Other Liquid Fuels 2,3272,3372,3572,377
Natural Gas 1,4951,4771,5581,581
Coal 1,3541,3291,2771,278
Total Energyd 5,1875,1555,2045,248

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