Bioenergy Supplying More EnergyFri, 29 Oct 2010 16:55:57 CDT
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration reports that renewable energy consumption has continued to increase, with consumption in the first half of 2010 up 4.7% relative to the first half of 2009. According to the EIA report, the United States consumed 4.091 quads of renewable energy in the first half of the year, which means renewable energy supplied about 8.4% of the nation's energy needs.
Overall, consumption of energy increased by 2.7 percent for the first two quarters of 2010, relative to the first two quarters of 2009. For the period, U.S. energy consumption totaled 48.8 quadrillion British Thermal Units. But because U.S. energy use dipped sharply in 2009, the nation's energy use is still 3.9 percent less than the levels set in the first half of 2008.
With some areas of the country facing droughts, year-to-year hydropower production was down by 8 percent, while the consumption of wind power was up by 21.4 percent and biomass energy from wood and wood-derived fuels was up by 4.9 percent. Year-to-year ethanol consumption was up by 23.4 percent for the first half of the year, while biodiesel recovered from last year's slump, increasing 18.9 percent.
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