Renewable energy growth statistics released from NREL

Lindsey Horne
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book on behalf of the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The annual report is an important assessment of U.S. energy statistics for 2012, including renewable electricity, worldwide renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and data on specific technologies.

“The 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book is filled with information-packed charts and graphics, which allows users, from analysts to policymakers, to quickly understand and summarize trends in renewable energy -- both on a U.S. and global scale,” NREL Energy Analyst Rachel Gelman said.

The 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book key findings include:

  • The installed global renewable electricity capacity doubled between 2000 and 2012.
  • Renewable electricity represented 14 percent of total installed capacity and more than 12 percent of total electric generation in the United States in 2012. Installed renewable electricity capacity is more than 163 GW.
  • In 2012 in the United States, cumulative installed wind capacity increased by nearly 28 percent and cumulative installed solar photovoltaic capacity grew more than 83 percent from the previous year.
  • Worldwide, wind energy is one of the fastest growing renewable electricity technologies— between 2000 and 2012, wind electricity generation worldwide increased by a factor of nearly 16.
  • In the United States, renewable electricity has been capturing a growing percentage of new capacity additions during the past few years. In 2012, renewable electricity accounted for more than 56 percent of all new electrical capacity installations in the US - a large change from 2004 when all renewable electricity captured only 2 percent of new capacity additions.
NREL data, renewable energy, US
Source: EIA
* Includes natural gas plant liquids.
Annual totals may not equal 100% due to rounding
The 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book is produced by NREL’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for the Energy Department by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.
Original Press Release here

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