New report tracks rise in renewables across the country

In 2001, America got about one-half of one percent of its electricity from wind, solar and geothermal. Today, 20 years later, that number is more than 12 percent from wind, the sun, and the earth.

In a new report titled “Renewables on the Rise,” the Environment America Research and Policy Center and Frontier Group ranks states. Where is Tennessee? It obviously depends on the category.

  • The growth in wind as a source is almost zero, rising from 53 GWh nine years ago to 54 GWh in 2020.
  • The solar numbers are much better, rising from 3 GWh in 2011 to 433 GWh last year.
  • In 2011, there were 404 electric vehicle sales reported in the Volunteer State. By 2020, that number had risen to a total of 11,235.

The full report is available for download here.

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