According to the Energy Information Administration, the U.S. has an energy grid in transition.
While uncertainty remains concerning the continuation of the federal tax subsidy programs for renewable energy, there is no doubt wind, solar, hydro, and even nuclear power should continue to play a growing part in America's energy production equation.
The list below highlights several states, which have invested into their renewable energy systems, leading the way for a U.S. energy renaissance. To see a comprehensive report, you can learn more at the Department of Energy here.
With 74.9 gigawatts produced by renewable energy sources every year, Washington ranks as the top renewable energy producing state. Over 60 percent of energy produced in Washington State stems from hydropower.
In 2009 over 20 percent of the energy produced in California came from renewable sources, with nearly 10 percent from hydropower. California also continues to lead the way in wind and solar production. The state's regulatory, political, and physical environments have pushed the creation of hundreds of projects and subsequently the creation of tens of thousands of jobs, resulting in abundant economic and environmental impacts.
Nearly 50% of energy produced in Oregon is from renewable resources with 44% stemming from hydropower. Just like its West Coast neighbors, Oregon is reliant on mainly hydropower and solar power to energize its infrastructure.
According to the EIA, New York will have the capability to function on renewable sources by 2030, a remarkable, while ambitious, statistic. The state currently produces about 30 percent of its energy through renewable resources.
Since 2002, Texas has developed its renewable energy at an incredible rate. Growing nearly 10 times in production, the state now ranks in the top five states for its continued commitment to green energy.
Renewables have an important role to play in our energy infrastructure as part of a comprehensive portfolio as the technology is further developed, refined, and implemented. As other countries look to U.S. energy trends, you can expect these states, along with many others, to continue executing innovation in our energy infrastructure.