EIA: Ten percent of U.S. energy from renewables

By Anna Austin
Web exclusive posted Oct. 1, 2008 at 4:04 p.m. CST

During the first six months of 2008, renewable energy accounted for more than ten percent of domestic U.S. energy production, according to the latest "Monthly Energy Review" issued by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA is responsible for tracking and reporting statistical information for all types of energy used in the country.

According to the report, from Jan. 1 through June 30, the U.S. consumed more than 50 quadrillion British thermal units (quad), 34.7 of which were from domestic sources; 16.5 were from imported sources.

Domestically produced renewable energy such as biomass, biofuels, geothermal, hydropower, solar or wind accounted for 3.6 quads � the equivalent to 10.56 percent of U.S. energy consumption. When combined, biomass and biofuels constituted the largest source of renewable energy within the United States, at approximately 1.89 quads.