Renewable Energy Capacity Now Exceeds Coal in the USA


Dept of the Interior

❝ Renewable energy now generates more electricity in the United States than coal. Solar, wind, hydropower, biomass, and geothermal totaled 21.56 percent of U.S. generating capacity as of April, according to a report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Coal, meanwhile, accounted for just 21.55 percent of capacity, down from 23.04 percent last year…

Coal capacity has dropped to its lowest level in 40 years. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, more than half of the U.S. coal mines operating in 2008 — when coal production peaked — have since closed. Natural gas, however, continues to grow, accounting for more than 44 percent of U.S. total energy capacity in April.

Add together the Fake President, his Oberst-Gruppenführer McConnell and the Do-Nothing Dodo Brigade of Republicans in Congress – they still couldn’t save something as backwards as coal-fired electricity.

2 thoughts on “Renewable Energy Capacity Now Exceeds Coal in the USA

  1. Meanwhile says:

    Investors, developers and users of renewable energy at an industry conference in New York this week were buzzing about the state’s ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-new-york/new-york-lawmakers-pass-aggressive-law-to-fight-climate-change-idUSKCN1TK2GT If Governor Andrew Cuomo signs the bill into law as expected, New York would become the second U.S. state to aim for a carbon-neutral economy. California Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order last year to make that state carbon-neutral by 2045.
    A study published in March by the New York-based think tank Demos said that the act would create and sustain about 150,000 jobs, a little over half of which would be held by people without a college degree.
    “Jobs created in renewable energy and energy efficiency can’t be outsourced, it’s always local,” said Daniela Lapidous, organizer for NY Renews, a coalition of over 100 environmental groups.

  2. Update says:

    In April 2019, U.S. monthly electricity generation from renewable sources exceeded coal-fired generation for the first time based on data in The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Electric Power Monthly. Renewable sources provided 23% of total electricity generation to coal’s 20%. This outcome reflects both seasonal factors as well as long-term increases in renewable generation and decreases in coal generation. EIA includes utility-scale hydropower, wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass in its definition of renewable electricity generation.

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