Full Title: 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book
Author(s): U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Publisher(s): U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Publication Date: 2013


Description (excerpt):

Key Findings:

•United States overall energy consumption grew to 97.3 quadrillion Btu in 2013, a 2.4% increase from 2012. Energy consumption from coal and renewables grew slightly, while consumption from petroleum and natural gas fell slightly.
• United States electric power sector energy consumption grew to 38.4 quadrillion Btu in 2013, a 0.6% increase from 2012.*
• Renewable electricity** grew to nearly 15% of total installed capacity and 13% of total electricity generation in the United States in 2013. Installed renewable electricity capacity exceeded 171 gigawatts (GW) in 2013, generating 534 TWh.
• In 2013 in the United States, solar electricity was the fastest growing electricity generation technology, with cumulative installed capacity increasing by nearly 66% from the previous year.
• In the United States, wind electricity generation increased 20% in 2013, while wind electricity capacity grew 1.8%. In the United States, renewable electricity has been capturing a growing percentage of new capacity additions during the past few years. In 2013, renewable electricity accounted for more than 61% of all new electricity capacity installations in the United States. By comparison, renewable electricity captured 4% of new capacity additions in 2004 and 57% in 2008.
• The installed global renewable electricity* capacity more than doubled between 2000 and 2013, and comprises 27% of the total electricity capacity globally, representing a significant and growing portion of the total energy supply.
• Worldwide, solar photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) are among the fastest growing renewable electricity technologies—between 2000 and 2013, solar electricity generation worldwide increased by a factor of nearly 68.
• Biodiesel was the fastest growing biofuel type, with production increasing by 64% in the United States and 17% globally, from a relatively small base.