by Natura Naturans
The EIA AEO 2019 report shows that in year 2018 wind and solar energy resources provide about 3% of U.S. total energy consumption while fossil fuel energy resources provide about 81% of total energy use.
Renewables have made little headway in meeting the energy needs associated with other than the electricity sector with all forms of renewables (includes geothermal, wood and wood waste, biogenic municipal waste, other biomass, wind, photovoltaic, and solar thermal sources, excludes conventional large hydro) accounting for only about 6% (with half of that being wind and solar) of total U.S. energy use with the great majority of that total related to the electricity sector.
About 98% of the combined industrial, commercial, residential and transportation sectors energy needs are supplied by non-renewable energy resources.
Despite more than a decade of government mandated renewable energy use with lucrative and generous renewable subsidizes required these politically driven energy resources have made little progress in defining useful patterns of meeting energy needs largely because of their unreliable and highly limited performance capabilities.
Absent government mandated use and provisions requiring lucrative PTC subsidizes renewables would fall flat on their face in the energy markets.
GREEN REVOLUTION? SOLAR AND WIND PRODUCED JUST 3% OF GLOBAL ENERGY IN 2018
Wind and solar energy generation is growing, but it’s still an incredibly small part of the global energy mix, according to statistics compiled by the oil giant BP.
Meanwhile, fossil fuels — coal, natural gas and oil — accounted for 85% of global energy consumption in 2018, BP reported Tuesday as part of its annual energy report.
In fact, BP reported the U.S. led the world in oil and natural gas production growth. U.S. petroleum output saw the biggest annual growth ever recorded in any country, BP said.
In other words, shale is booming. The U.S. surpassed Saudi Arabia and Russia in 2018 to become the world’s largest oil-producing nation. (RELATED: Democrats Spend Climate Change Hearing Avoiding Talking About The Green New Deal)
“Oil remains the most used fuel in the energy mix,” BP reported in its annual energy review. “Coal is the second largest fuel but lost share in 2018 to account for 27%, its lowest level in 15 years. The share of natural gas increased to 24%, such that the gap between coal and gas has narrowed to three percentage points.”.
“The growth in coal demand was the second consecutive year of increases, following three years of falling consumption,” BP chief economist Spencer Dale said in a presentation Tuesday.