Wind Power breezed past coal, nuclear, for the first time

Wind power was the No. 2 source for power generation in the U.S. for the first time ever on March 29, surpassing coal and nuclear power, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Thursday.

Wind turbines in the continental U.S. produced 2,017 gigawatthours of electricity on the 29th, according to data from the EIA. While there have been days in the past when wind generation separately outpaced coal and nuclear generation, the 29th marked the first day that it surpassed both power sources.

Natural gas remained the top source of power generation on March 29, comprising 31 percent of power generation, followed by wind, nuclear and coal. The milestone comes a little more than two years after nationwide wind capacity outstripped nuclear capacity in September 2019. This did not immediately result in higher wind power output than nuclear, because wind generators are designed to run at lower capacity than nuclear generators.

The clock is ticking. The countdown gets louder.

3 thoughts on “Wind Power breezed past coal, nuclear, for the first time

  1. Puzzling Evidence says:

    “Biden to use infrastructure money to keep nuclear plants open : Up to $6 billion total, with plants already scheduled to shut down the top priority. https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/biden-to-use-infrastructure-money-to-keep-nuclear-plants-open/
    “Nuclear plants occupy an odd position in the US’s energy landscape. They’re currently the most expensive form of generation out there, and many of the plants are a decade or more past their planned life span. At the same time, nuclear power is the US’s largest single source of low-carbon electricity generation, accounting for almost as much as wind, solar, and hydro combined.”

    Re: “low-carbon electricity generation”, according to the wind power article “Natural gas remained the top source of power generation on March 29, comprising 31 percent of power generation, followed by wind, nuclear and coal. The milestone comes a little more than two years after nationwide wind capacity outstripped nuclear capacity in September 2019.”

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