A recent analysis from the U.S. Department of Energy shows wind and solar make up more than 20% of generation in 10 states with the Midwest and the Plains States in the lead, but the coasts are on a track to catch up thanks to mandates.

The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has put in stark terms that we have 12 years to clean up our carbon emissions or face dire consequences for our civilization and our species.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that an energy transition is underway in the electricity sector. When the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) put out full-year electricity generation numbers for 2017.

pv magazine crunched these numbers and reported that solar now represents more than 10% of in-state generation in five states.

EIA topped that with their own analysis which shows that combined wind and solar represented more than 20% of generation in ten states in 2017.

Read the full report from pv magazine.

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Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Energy