U.S. Renewable Power Capacity Surpasses Coal For The First Time


The latest Energy Infrastructure Update indicates that renewables have surpassed coal in power generating capacity for the first time in history. A major milestone in the battle against climate change, but not one to get too overjoyed about. Capacity doesn’t equal generation and "because of the intermittent nature of renewables, coal still generates more electricity than renewables. But, the trends indicate it’s just a matter of time before that picture changes as well. But it is natural gas that is still the king of generation. Although renewable capacity additions are forecast to be well ahead of natural gas additions through 2022, it is likely that natural gas will continue to be the top source of U.S. power for quite some time. The EIU indicates that natural gas now represents 44.44% of total installed capacity."


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