The United States is making substantial strides toward becoming more sustainable and shifting toward renewable energy sources. But how much U.S. energy consumption comes from renewable energy sources? In 2020, sources of renewable energy accounted for about 12% of total U.S. energy consumption and 20% of electricity generation. Wind energy accounts for 8.4% of all energy, hydropower accounts for 7.3%, solar energy accounts for 2.3%, biomass energy accounts for 1.4%, and geothermal energy accounts for 0.1%. In making these efforts toward creating a green, planet-forward country, it’s important that government entities lead by example. This SolarPower.guide infographic explores the U.S. government entities that purchase the most renewable energy as well as the renewable energy sources that they use:
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Here are the top 20 U.S. entities and governments that purchase the most green energy based on percentage of total energy use:
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the most used renewable energy in the U.S. is wind power. By the end of 2019, wind generated a little more than 300 million megawatt hours. In fact, 2019 marked the year when U.S. renewable energy consumption surpassed coal for the first time in 130 years! When going green becomes a top priority for the government, renewable energy can and will thrive.
Section 203 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 dictates that each fiscal year, the federal government must source 7.5% of its total electricity from renewable energy such as wind power, solar power, and hydropower. There are also many federal renewable energy programs, clean energy programs, and renewable energy incentives to encourage corporations, governments, and individuals to make the transition to renewable energy. The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency is a great place to start exploring the pathways available for creating a green, clean country now and into the future.