The Department of Energy recently released their 2007 numbers on the electric power produced annually. While the report is incredibly long it does have a few important facts in it.
- There was only 2 new coal fired power plants put into comminssion in 2007 but other coal fired plants were reduced or closed.
- New wind power accounted for 5 gigawatts of new power
- Natural Gas accounted for 3.6 gigawatts of new power
Wind and Solar power are definitely still a very small percentage of the power produced in this country but this report shows that 2007 was the first year that renewable energy outpaced older forms (dirty) of energy. There are to many coal plants out there for them to just disappear but it is good to see that for the first time ever there was significant growth in the right kind of energy and reduction in the wrong.
Guess we will have to see what next years 2008 report brings.
To read the whole, very long report click here.