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Renewable energy made up more than 17 percent of net U.S. electricity generation in 2018, with the bulk coming from hydropower (7%) and wind power (6.6%). By 2030, the percentage is expected to rise to 24%, with this growth coming mostly from wind and solar. (Credit: Space-kraft/Adobe Stock) Renewable energy made up more than 17% of net U.S. electricity generation in 2018, with the bulk coming from hydropower (7%) and wind power (6.6%). By 2030, the percentage is expected to rise to 24%, with this growth coming mostly from wind and solar. (Credit: Space-kraft/Adobe Stock)

With hot weather on the way, energy use will be top of mind as we all try to stay cool. In recent years, as our awareness of the environmental impact of energy production has grown, we’ve seen renewable energy production on the rise from sources that can be regenerated or replenished, such as water, wind, solar and geothermal.

According to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, renewables are the fastest-growing energy source in the United States. They increased 100% from 2000-2018. Renewables made up more than 17% of net U.S. electricity generation in 2018, with the bulk coming from hydropower (7%) and wind power (6.6%). By 2030, the percentage is expected to rise to 24%, with this growth coming mostly from wind and solar.

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