Climate Central’s WeatherPower™ tool produces daily estimates and forecasts of solar and wind generation at local scale across the continental United States. To study America’s growing renewable electricity capacity and generation, authors analyzed WeatherPower data from 2022 and compared the findings to data from 2021.
They found that capacity to generate electricity from solar and wind increased across the country to more than 238 gigawatts (GW) in 2022—up nearly 13 GW from 2021. The U.S. generated 683,130 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity from solar (27%) and wind (73%) combined in 2022—up 16% from 588,471 GWh in 2021.
This report and supplementary data show:
- where solar and wind capacity increased in 2022, and by how much
- which states were the biggest producers of solar and wind energy in 2022
- what this means for the progress toward renewable energy goals
Access “WeatherPower Year in Review: 2022” here