Renewables break US record as coal plummets says EIA


Renewable energy accounted for a record 18.49% of the US’ domestic energy generation during the first 8 months of 2019, according to the latest edition of the US’ Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) “Electric Power Monthly”.

According to the EIA, wind and solar showed continued growth, with solar, including small-scale PV systems growing by 13.7%, compared just 2.7% over the same period in 2018.

Small-scale solar, such as roof-top systems grew by 19.1%, representing almost a third (32.6%) of total solar generation. Distributed solar grew more than any other energy source.

Wind-powered electricity increased by 4.4% for the period, representing a total of 6.94% of all electricity produced in the country.

Wind and solar accounted for 9.64% of US electrical generation as at 31 August, biomass contributed a modest growth of 2.5% year-on-year, with plants providing 1.4% of US generation, and geothermal accounted for approximately 0.4%, showing a 3.2% growth for the period.

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In total, non-hydro renewables accounted for 11.44% of the US’ electrical production up until end-August 2019 growing by 6.15% compared to the same period.

Nuclear declined by 0.6% year-on-year, with coal making the steepest dive, dropping 13.9%, with natural gas filling the breach and growing by 6.5%.

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