Electricity Generation from Renewable Energy in California

The graphs and charts below feature electricity production statistics for the following renewable energy resources in California:

Per capita statistics allow comparison of these data with those from other states of different sizes.

The sources for these data include the following:

  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Information Administration State Energy Data System (SEDS) for total electricity generation data
  • DOE's 2010 Renewable Energy Data Book for renewable capacity and generation data.

Total Electricity Generation from Renewable Energy Resources in California

The graph of total renewable power generation over time shows how fast the renewable power sector is growing.

Electricity Generation in California from Renewable Energy Resources 2002 – 2011

(million kWh)

2002: 47764087.364; 2003: 59678405.99; 2004: 57881283.7104; 2005: 63286113.6987; 2006: 71962775.4414; 2007: 52173008.108; 2008: 48911746.443; 2009: 53580546.939; 2010: 58709326.055; 2011: 69882341.949;
California electricity generation from renewable energy resources in 2011
(million kWh)
69,882
Percent of U.S. renewable power generation 13.6%
State rank 2

Source: EIA publishes pre-report energy production from renewable energy resources by state on its Web page titled Renewable Energy Consumption and Electricity Preliminary 2006 Statistics.

Electricity Generation in California from Hydroelectric Electricity

Electricity Generation in California from Hydroelectric Electricity 2002 – 2011

(million kWh)

2002: 31140627.554; 2003: 36370699.99; 2004: 34140929.267; 2005: 39631866.565; 2006: 48047380.078; 2007: 27327750.892; 2008: 24127809.62; 2009: 28040885.33; 2010: 33259605.02; 2011: 42468673.88;
California electricity generation from hydroelectric in 2011
(million kWh)
42,469
Percent of U.S. generation from hydroelectric 13.55%
State rank 2

Electricity Generation in California from Biomass

Electricity Generation in California from Biomass 2002 – 2011

(million kWh)

2002: 5660757.073; 2003: 5896907.05; 2004: 5758283.06236; 2005: 5832665.58174; 2006: 5716588.36737; 2007: 5712643.869; 2008: 5845500.933; 2009: 6199675.807; 2010: 6001660.087; 2011: 6220618.673;
California electricity generation from biomass in 2011
(million kWh)
6,221
Percent of U.S. generation from biomass 9.76%
State rank 1

Electricity Generation in California from Geothermal

Electricity Generation in California from Geothermal 2002 – 2011

(million kWh)

2002: 6605685.38; 2003: 12981762.75; 2004: 13105306.124; 2005: 13022639.199; 2006: 12821433.997; 2007: 12990710.993; 2008: 12883000; 2009: 12852783; 2010: 12600098; 2011: 12552383;
California electricity generation from geothermal in 2011
(million kWh)
12,552
Percent of U.S. generation from geothermal 81.96%
State rank 1

Electricity Generation from Solar in California

Electricity Generation in California from Solar 2002 – 2011

(million kWh)

2002: 554372.05; 2003: 533606.37; 2004: 570890; 2005: 536713.34; 2006: 494572; 2007: 556969; 2008: 670481; 2009: 647389.562; 2010: 769330.948; 2011: 888829.396;
California electricity generation from solar in 2011
(million kWh)
889
Percent of U.S. generation from solar 48.90%
State rank 1

Electricity Generation in California from Wind

Electricity Generation in California from Wind 2002 – 2011

(million kWh)

2002: 3802645.307; 2003: 3895429.83; 2004: 4305875.257; 2005: 4262229.013; 2006: 4882800.999; 2007: 5584933.354; 2008: 5384954.89; 2009: 5839813.24; 2010: 6078632; 2011: 7751837;
California electricity generation from wind in 2011
(million kWh)
7,752
Percent of U.S. generation from wind 6.45%
State rank 3