Renewable energy usage not growing fast in California

Despite an increase in emphasizing different types of renewable energy in the state of California, the energy consumed from these sources by citizens of the state did not grow at a substantial rate over the course of the last year. According to a report by ReWire, using data collected from California Independent System Operator (CalSo) between November 1, 2012 and November 31, 2013, consumption of energy from renewable sources grew from only 11.13 percent of the state's total energy use to 12.08 percent.

While consumption of renewable energy sources, aside from solar power and biogas, dropped across the board, the most noticeable decrease was in small hydroelectric power. In 2013, small hydro centers contributed half of its 2012 total output.

The one bright spot in ReWire's report, however, was California's solar energy usage. Despite most other types of renewable energy falling over the course of a year, solar energy grew substantially. In 2012, solar energy only accounted for three-quarters of one percent of the state's energy. In the last month of the study, that figure grew to 2.69 percent.

ReWire does go on to note that this figure only accounts for "solar energy that's hooked up to the grid on the utility-side of the electric meter, which means the power produced by rooftop solar arrays in your neighborhood isn't reflected here." What this is saying is that the total solar power used by California citizens is actually greater, but outside of the scope of CalSo's particular study.

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