Prime Ten US States: Renewable Electrical energy Technology

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Guest "Well, that's funny right there!" by David Middleton

NOVEMBER 23, 2020
New York generated the fourth highest renewable electricity in a state in 2019

According to the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Electric Power Monthly, more electricity was generated from renewable sources in New York in 2019 than any but three states. New York's 39.4 million megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable electricity generation was more than any other state east of the Mississippi, accounting for 30% of the state's total electricity generation in 2019.

Hydropower is the main source of renewable energy in New York. Almost 31 million MWh of hydropower was generated in New York in 2019, accounting for 78% of the state's renewable electricity generation and 23% of the state's total electricity generation. The Robert Moses Niagara hydropower plant, which is located downstream of Niagara Falls, has an output of 2.4 gigawatts and is the second largest conventional hydropower plant in the country in terms of electricity generation capacity behind the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington.

Wind was the second largest renewable power source in New York at 4.5 million MWh in 2019. Wind generation in New York in 2019 accounted for 11% of the state's renewable electricity generation and 3% of the state's total electricity generation. At the end of 2019, New York had 1,132 wind turbines in 27 power plants according to EIA's annual inventory of power producers.

Solar energy generated nearly 2.4 million MWh of electricity in New York in 2019. Small solar systems, such as those found on residential and commercial roofs, accounted for almost 80% of the state's solar power generation. Biomass accounted for the remainder of New York's renewable electricity generation in 2019, at 1.9 million MWh.



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Source: US Energy Information Administration, electricity monthly

In 2019, New York generated 29% of its electricity from "renewable" sources, with the vast majority coming from hydropower …

source Million MWh
Hydropower 30.6 78%
wind 4.5 11%
Solar 2.4 6%
Biomass 1.9 5%
Renewable energy 39.4 100%

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In the United States, electricity generation sources have been shifting from coal to natural gas and renewables since the mid-2000s. Changes in New York's power generation mix have contributed to this trend. Coal's share of electricity production in New York decreased from 14% in 2005 to less than 1% in 2019, and natural gas-fired electricity rose from 22% to 36%.

Electricity generation from renewable energy technologies rose from 19% to 29% over the same period. New York adopted a standard for renewable portfolios in 2004 and the Clean Energy Standard (CES) in 2015. Currently, New York requires New York to generate 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040 and net-zero macroeconomic carbon emissions by 2050.



The increase in so-called "renewable energies" is really funny. Biomass and hydropower hardly changed; while wind and sun grew from non-existent to trivial.

Source: US Energy Information Administration, electricity monthly

It seems that about half of the growth in so-called "renewables" from 19% to 29% is due to New Yorkers using less electricity, with a steep decline since 2015. I think people turn off the lights , if you go.

New York's population continues to decline

By Jeff Platsky / Gannett New York
Published on April 29, 2020

More than a third of New York's 62 boroughs have not seen their population increase in any year in the past decade – 25 reported nine years of gradual decline.

Included in the population decline are all but two counties stretching along New York's Southern Tier, where the combined loss was nearly 32,000 people.


After constant, albeit relatively small increases from 2010 to 2015, the population of the state recorded successive losses from 2016 to 2019, according to estimates of the census.

That said, it has fallen further behind the three most populous states, California, Texas, and Florida.

Florida exceeded the population of New York in 2014, and of the 1.4 million residents who left for other states between 2011 and 2018, 21% went to the Sunshine State, census data showed earlier this year.

New York has lost more people than any other state in the nation for two years in a row.


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