Renewable Energy Provided More Power In U.S. Than Coal In 2019

June 2, 2020
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For the first time in 134 years, the majority of energy consumed in the U.S. last year came from renewable sources like wind turbines, hydropower plants, and solar panels, displacing coal as the country's main energy source. According to a report from the US Energy Information Administration, 2019 was the first year since before 1885, when wood was the main energy source, that coal was not the major source of energy. Electricity generation from coal has declined significantly over the past decade and, in 2019, fell to its lowest level in 42 years. Natural gas consumption in the electric power sector has significantly increased in recent years and has displaced much of the electricity generation from retired coal plants. Add to the mix that more cities and municipalities are investing in alternate energy projects to try and lower greenhouse gas emissions and grapple with the negative effects of climate change. The most commonly used renewable energy source came from wind turbines, which passed hydropower plants as the country's leading source of renewable energy.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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