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Renewable Energy In The USA

Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 at 8:41 pm by Solar Energy USA


Renewable energy is defined as energy that comes from natural resources. Solar energy, wind energy, tidal energy, and geothermal heat are all good sources of renewable or replenishable energy.  Traditional power sources like coal and oil are not considered renewable energy because they will eventually be exhausted. Renewable energy has become popular in recent years as a result of a number of factors including the rising price of oil and fossil fuels, climate change concerns, and peak oil worries.

Which state in America gets the most of it’s power from renewable energy sources? If you said California, you are (surprisingly) wrong.

The answer is actually a tie between a number of states, according to (the US Department of Energy’s website).

Hawaii, Idaho, Rhode Island, Maine, Delaware, and the District of Columbia are all tied for the state which produces the most amount of renewable energy. All of these states are 100% powered by renewables.

The popularly “green” state of California produces over 186.12 billion kilowatt (kW) hours worth of renewable energy, but surprisingly, California is ranked 25th in total renewable energy % production by state. Their renewable energy portfolio makes up only 24.38% of their total energy production.


Maine, one of the states tied for 1st, produces 40.93 billion kW hours of renewable energy (100%).


How does Georgia stack up? Here in Georgia we produce 36.36% of our total energy through renewables (55.48 billion kW hours) which is 19th, right behind the state of Florida with just under 63 billion kW hours.


The frigid state of Alaska, known for it’s oil, produces just 0.77% of it’s total energy from replenishable, clean energy sources.


North Carolina, a state with very solar friendly tax incentives from state government, produces over a quarter of it’s energy from renewables, just under 44 billion kW hours.