Led by astonishing increases in wind and solar, non-hydro renewable energy sources have tripled the amount of electricity they generate in the last decade. Wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass electrical generation now provides 6.24% of America's power, while hydro provides another 6.63%.
The boom in wind and solar continued in 2013, with wind jumping 19% and solar soaring 113%. Wind alone now provides more than 4% of all of our electricity.
As impressive as the surge in non-hydro renewable power output has been over the last decade, 2014 will be another strong, even record year. Record amounts of wind and solar will be built this year, insuring that non-hydro power production will keep growing and soon will surpass the amount of power coming from America's substantial hydro generation.