DOE Renewable Energy Annual 1997
Source: DOE/EIA
Date: 12/8/97    Record No.: 10519

DOE Renewable Energy Annual 1997

Renewable Energy Annual 1997
Volume I DOE/EIA-0603(97/1)

October 1997

Energy Information Administration
Office of Coal, Nuclear, Electric and Alternate Fuels
U.S. Department of Energy
Washington, DC 20585

This report was prepared by the staff of the Renewable Energy Branch, Coal and Electric Data and Renewables Division, Office of Coal, Nuclear, Electric and Alternate Fuels. General information regarding this publication may be obtained from Fred Mayes, Chief, Renewable Energy Branch (202/426-1166, e-mail Questions about the preparation and content of the report should be directed to Mark Gielecki, project coordinator (202/426-1141, e-mail

Questions regarding specific information in the report should be directed as

Renewable Data Overview:
Fred Mayes (202/426-1166,
Louise Guey-Lee (202/426-1143,

Biomass Energy:
Robert Lowe (202/426-1171,

Municipal Solid Waste:
John Carlin (202/426-1146,

Geothermal Energy:
Jim Disbrow (202/426-1185,

Wind Energy:
Louise Guey-Lee (202/426-1143,

Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic:
Peter Holihan (202/426-1147


This report, the Renewable Energy Annual 1997, Volume 1, is the third in a series of annual reports published by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) to provide current information on renewable energy. In doing so, this report provides detailed explanations of summary renewable energy information originally published in EIA═s Annual Energy Review 1996, released in July 1997. It also constitutes an annual update of renewable energy data presented in the Renewable Energy Annual 1996.

The publication of this report marks a change in the publication format of the Renewable Energy Annual. The prior two issues contained both renewable data and analytical material. This year, EIA has split the Renewable Energy Annual into two volumes in order to make data available more quickly. Volume 1 includes renewable energy consumption, capacity, and generation data, along with brief descriptive text. It also includes a chapter on solar (thermal and photovoltaic) manufacturing activity, and an appendix on the direct uses of geothermal energy. It is expected that a later version of this report will include a feature article titled, "A View of the Forest Products Industry From a Wood Energy Perspective." The Renewable Energy Annual 1997, Volume 2, a topical issues analysis report, is scheduled to be published in Spring 1998.

This report covers the following energy sources: biomass, geothermal, wind, and solar. While hydropower is a renewable energy resource, it is also regarded as a ˝conventionalţ energy source because it has furnished a significant amount of electricity for more than a century. Therefore, this report discusses hydropower as it contributes to total renewable energy consumption but does not address hydropower as an individual energy source. Also, EIA collects data only on terrestrial systems. Satellite and military applications are not included in this report. See Appendix A, "EIA Renewable Energy Data Sources," and Appendix B, "Renewable Data Limitations," for more detail.