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US Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal for First Time

For the first time, the U.S.’s renewable power surpassed the country’s capacity for coal-powered energy. The moment took place in April of this year; however, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) just released the information affirming the milestone in a file called the Office of Energy Projects Energy Infrastructure Update. The SUN DAY Campaign, a non-benefit analysis group that supports sustainable energy, synthesized the record and published research on Electric Energy Online this week.

According to SUN DAY Campaign’s media release, FERC discovered that the overall available producing capacity for renewable power was at 21.56% in April, at the same time as coal’s capacity was merely at 21.55% (by contrast to 23.04%, 2018). This does not imply that renewable power generation supplied more energy than coal — however, it, so that occurs that during April, it did.

This information makes sense, considering a file that the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) printed in overdue April that learned that renewables were projected to provide more energy for the U.S. than coal in April. It was the first month in history where renewable power generated more electrical energy than coal did. The IEEFA assigned the milestone to the shift in season, noting that coal plants are typically renovated all over the spring and fall, when U.S. citizens use far much less air conditioning and heat, and subsequently much less energy overall.

However, now that summer is starting, coal might come out on top of renewables once more. In keeping professionals don’t predict annual renewable power production to surpass coal power generation for at least a couple of years.

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