- Title: Electricity generation from renewables in the United States: Resource potential, current usage, technical status, challenges, strategies, policies, and future directions
- Date: April 2013
- Author: Atif Osmani, Jun Zhang, Vinay Gonela, Iddrisu Awudu
- Published: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
It is elementary: a large part of greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to power generation, especially to fossil fuel combustion. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), electricity production accounted for 30 percent of the U. S.’s total GHG emissions in 2014, marking the largest share . About two-thirds of the produced electricity comes from fossil fuel combustion, mostly coal and natural gas . It can be implied that employing less carbon-intensive technologies such as renewables and nuclear—although the latter can be politically charged—would lead to less GHG emissions.