Did the United States add more renewable energy or non-renewable energy in 2017?

Grade level: 5th – 6th grades

Skills: Circle graph & Percentages

Related environmental issues: Energy 

The United States added about 24,600 megawatts of energy by building new renewable energy and non-renewable energy facilities during 2017.  The circle graph below shows percentage of renewable energy and non-renewable energy.

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  1. Which energy did the United States add more, renewable energy or non-renewable energy?
  2. How much of renewable energy in megawatts did the United States add in 2017?


Sources: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 2018. Office of Energy Projects Energy Infrastructure Update



Answer keys

1. Renewable energy

2. 12,546 megawatts    24,600 x 0.51 = 12,546