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World map reveals wind and solar power winners (and losers)

Wind and solar energy in one picture – sort of. (Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

This map is already outdated. It shows the U.S. sourcing 13.1% of its electricity from wind and solar in 2021. This April, and for the first month ever, the country generated 20% of its power from those two renewable sources.

A blurry snapshot of a rapid object

That’s indicative of the speed at which wind and solar are ramping up, not just in the U.S., but across the world. In that sense, this blurry snapshot of a rapidly moving object retains its value, visualizing just how far we had already progressed since last year.

In the past decade, America has experienced a remarkable surge in renewable energy generation. In 2015, the year the Paris Climate Agreement was signed, the country generated just 5.7% of its electricity from wind and solar. Last year, it was 13%. In March 2022, 18%. And last month, 20%. Driving that surge is a “wind boom” in the Great…

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