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The Changing Energy Mix: A Systematic Comparison of Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy

Paul F. Meier


The energy mix is changing, and renewable energy is growing in importance. If you were born before 1989, you lived in a United States where no electricity was generated from either wind or solar power and very little from geothermal and biomass. By 2018, the combined generation from wind and solar had surpassed hydroelectricity. Fourteen states generated more than 10% of their electricity from wind and three generated more than 30%. And bioethanol, produced from corn grain, made up 10% of the US gasoline market. Changes have also occurred in the nonrenewable energy mix. Coal, which was respons ... More

Keywords: renewable energy, proven reserves, levelized cost, efficiency, energy balance, infrastructure, energy density, carbon dioxide production, carbon capture, sequestration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190098391
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190098391.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul F. Meier, author
Independent Clean Fuels Consultant