Hydropower production up 8 percent this year

In April, Americans consumed more energy from renewable sources than from nuclear power, according to a report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy.

The latest issue of EIA’s “Monthly Energy Review” showed that renewable energy, including hydropower, accounted for 11.1 percent of domestic energy production. Nuclear power accounted for 10.4 percent.

During the first four months of 2009, renewable energy production was 6 percent higher compared with the same period in 2009, according to the report.

Hydropower led the way, accounting for 34.6 percent of U.S. renewable energy production. Wood wastes comprised 31.2 percent of renewable production, biofuels 19 percent, wind 9.3 percent, geothermal 4.7 percent, and solar 1.2 percent.

Hydropower production grew by 8.2 percent during the first four months of 2009, the report showed. Wind accounted for the biggest increase in renewable energy production, increasing 34.5 percent. Solar power production remained the same, while power from wood wastes fell 4.9 percent.

Total U.S. energy production, however, dropped 5.7 percent through April, led almost entirely by declines in fossil fuel production, the report showed.

The EIA report can be found at www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/mer/contents.html.

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