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US Renewable Electricity Generation Surges by 32%; Sustainable Energy Accounts for 11% of Total Electric Supply

For Immediate Release: October 9, 2008

Sun Day Campaign Media Advisory
Contact: Ken Bossong 301-270-6477 x.23

Washington DC -- According to the latest "Monthly Electricity
Review" issued by the U.S. Energy Information Administration
(October 3, 2008), net U.S. generation of electricity from renewable
energy sources surged by 32 percent in June 2008 compared to June
2007.

Renewable energy (biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind)
totaled 41,160,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) in June 2008 up from
31,242,000 MWh in June 2007. Renewables accounted for 11.0% of net
U.S. electricity generation in June 2008 compared to 8.6% in June
2007.

Compared to June 2007, wind power grew by 81.6% in June 2008 while
solar and conventional hydropower experienced increases of 42.6% and
34.7% respectively. Geothermal energy also enjoyed a slight
increase (0.8%) while biomass (wood + waste) remained relatively
unchanged.

Renewable energy sources now account for 37% of the non-fossil net
electricity generation in the United States.

Net electricity generation from non-hydroelectric renewables (i.e.,
biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) increased by 24 percent to
10,357,000 MWh and now accounts for just under three percent of
total net U.S. electricity generation.

By comparison, nuclear power's share of total net U.S. electricity
generation dipped from 19.0% in June 2007 to 18.8% in June 2008.
Total U.S. net electricity generation increased by 2.9% to
373,632,000 MWh.

"The Bush Administration's own data clearly illustrate which energy
options should be the focus of future investment," said Ken Bossong,
Executive Director of the SUN DAY Campaign "The dizzyingly high
growth rates that renewable energy sources continue to enjoy -
compared to the stagnant figures for nuclear power - strongly argue
for directing limited federal energy dollars into sustainable energy
technologies."

A summary table prepared by the SUN DAY Campaign based on the data
in the EIA report is attached. The full EIA report "Electric Power
Monthly" can be accessed at: http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/epm_sum.html

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technologies as cost-effective alternatives to nuclear power and
fossil fuels.

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