U.S. Solar And Wind Power Generation Surpasses Nuclear For The First Time

Jul 14, 2022

U.S. wind and solar generated 17.96% more electricity than nuclear power plants for the first time ever in April, according to an analysis by the SUNDAY Campaign.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), clean energy generation (including biomass, geothermal and hydropower, and driven by strong growth in solar and wind) accounted for nearly 30% of total U.S. electricity generation in April 2022.

From January 2022 to April 2022, clean energy accounted for more than 25% of U.S. electricity. As of April 30, 2022, solar (including rooftop solar) grew 28.9% year over year, while wind energy grew 24.2% year over year. Solar and wind combined grew 25.4% annually and accounted for 16.6% of U.S. electricity generation (12.2% for wind and 4.4% for solar).