Wind and solar only accounted for 4 percent of total U.S. energy consumption in 2020

Despite the fanfare they receive, wind and solar power still account for less than 5 percent of the total energy used by Americans in 2020, losing out to traditional biomass, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data.

Oil was the most significant component at 35 percent of total energy use. Natural gas accounted for 34 percent, coal for 10 percent, nuclear for 9 percent, hydroelectric for 3 percent, solar for 1 percent, wind for 3 percent, and 5 percent came from biomass.