Greenpower to Grow Just 1 Percent in 2025, Says US DoE

Conventional hydropower will remain the major source of renewables over the next two decades.

Published: 03-Mar-2005

WASHINGTON, DC, US, March 2, 2005 (Refocus Weekly) Generation from non-hydro green power facilities in the United States will increase from 84 billion kWh in 2003 (representing 2.2% of national total generation) to 182 billion kWh in 2025 (3.2%), according to the Department of Energy.

Conventional hydropower will remain the major source of renewables over the next two decades, but its 275 billion kWh in 2003 (7.1% of total national generation) will increase only to 307 billion kWh (5.3% of total) in 2025, according to the reference case of the Annual Energy Outlook 2005 (AEO2005) released by DOE’s Energy Information Administration. Biomass (including cogeneration and biomass co-firing in coal-fired plants) is the second-largest source of green power, and will increase from 37 billion kWh in 2003 (1.0%) to 81 billion kWh in 2025 (1.4%).

Generation from municipal solid waste and landfill gas will increase by 7 billion kWh to 29 billion kWh in 2025, "but little new municipal solid waste capacity is expected."

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