U.S. Energy Mix
Although fossil fuels made up 81.5% of the total U.S. energy mix in 2015, electricity generation from coal has begun to declined significantly. In 2015, coal consumption dropped 13% in the U.S., signaling a large and inevitable decrease in fossil fuel generation in the decades to come.
U.S. renewable energy consumption was approximately 10% in 2015, which is the highest it’s been since the 1930’s. Wind and solar electricity generation have grown the most during this time, seeing rapid growth over the past 10 years in particular.
Source: Energy Information Administration, 2017
U.S. Electricity Prices
Over the past five years, residential electricity prices have increased by an average of 1.9% each year. However, in 2016, the average residential electricity price decreased for the first time since 2002. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average retail price of electricity for U.S. residents in November 2016 was 12.75¢ per kWh.
State Renewable Energy Information
Renewable energy is growing faster than ever in the U.S. Today, many states are divesting from fossil fuels such as coal, and making big moves to invest in state renewable energy projects to cut carbon emissions and ensure competitive electricity prices. Learn more about solar energy, wind power, and energy market trends on your state’s page: