The USA will produce more gas in 2011 than ever before in a single year but also more wind, more solar, and more total renewable energy than ever before, according to EIA data released yesterday. www.eia.gov/total energy/data/monthly/pdf/mer.pdf.
Ethanol and biodiesel production will also set all time highs. Nuclear production reached a record level in 2010 but will not set a new record in 2011.
Natural gas will supply about 23 quadrillion BTU, and power production renewables will provide about 9 quadrillion BTU. The US is the largest producer of natural gas in the world.
US oil production is even turning up, breaking a 35-year long decline in the most recent years.
Coal production by contrast is on track to decline to pre-1985 levels and electricity production from coal may dip to the pre-1998 mark.
The year 2011 will see many energy production records fall and be the year of energy champions.