The Slow Rise Of America's Renewable Energy Market
Renewable energy is gaining steam in the oil-thirsty U.S. market, but green tech has hurdles to clear before it can take a bigger slice of the pie.By Evan Thomas | October 7, 2015
By the numbers, the United States still runs on oil. But renewable energy in the U.S. is doing better than ever.
In 2014, the U.S. consumed 28.85 trillion kilowatt-hours of energy; 10 percent of it was renewable.
Excluding the biomass category, which lumps together wood and biofuels (like ethanol), hydroelectric installations led U.S. renewable energy generation with 26 percent of the total. Wind accounted for 18 percent; solar, 4 percent; and geothermal, 2 percent.