The amount of electricity generated by renewable energy sources in the United States surpassed the amount generated by coal or nuclear energy for the first time in 2020. Natural gas remained the most common source of electricity.

Source: “Electricity explained: Electricity in the United States,” U.S. Energy Information Administration, March 18, 2021, https://tinyurl.com/jvn6723j

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Year Amount from Coal Amount from Natural Gas Amount from Nuclear Power Amount from Renewable Amount from Petroleum/Other
2000 1,966 601 754 356 124
2001 1,904 639 769 288 137
2002 1,933 691 780 343 111
2003 1,974 650 764 355 141
2004 1,978 710 789 351 142
2005 2,013 761 782 358 142
2006 1,991 816 787 386 85
2007 2,016 897 806 353 85
2008 1,986 883 806 381 63
2009 1,756 921 799 418 57
2010 1,847 988 807 427 56
2011 1,733 1,014 790 513 49
2012 1,514 1,226 769 495 44
2013 1,581 1,125 789 522 49
2014 1,582 1,127 797 539 50
2015 1,352 1,333 797 544 50
2016 1,239 1,378 806 609 44
2017 1,206 1,296 805 687 40
2018 1,149 1,469 807 707 46
2019 965 1,586 809 728 39
2020 774 1,617 790 792 36

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