09 Apr '12, 10pm

Maps Show a Decade of Renewable Energy Growth, 2001-2011

Maps Show a Decade of Renewable Energy Growth, 2001-2011

The maps above, compiled with data from the US Energy Information Administration , document the growth of renewable energy over the last 10 years (without counting hydroelectric power). Yes, the darkening blue is thanks to widespread adoption of solar, wind, and, to a lesser extent, geothermal and biomass. Those blue spots reveal some encouraging progress, especially when paired with news that coal-fired generation was down to a three decade-low in 2011 . The southeast, however, has stayed mostly stagnant in terms of renewable energy production. Nonetheless, there are some powerful success stories in there—particularly in states like Iowa and Texas, where there was scant clean energy before the 00s brought a boom in wind power. Indeed, wind accounted for the bulk of the growth in the renewable sector nationwide in the past decade. And Maine, already a leader in renewables ...

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