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US electricity from renewables surpasses coal for first time

Renewable energy for the first time comprised more electricity generated in the U.S. last year than coal or nuclear power, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The federal agency found the growth was largely driven by increased proliferation of wind and solar energy, which collectively made up 14 percent of U.S. electricity in 2022, up from 12 percent in 2021. Coal power, meanwhile, fell from 23 percent in 2021 to 20 percent in 2022, which the EIA attributed to a combination of retired plants and lower use for the remaining plants. Hydropower generation remained unchanged, at 6%, in 2022. The shares for biomass and geothermal sources remained unchanged, at less than 1%. For a renewable total of 21% Despite the increase in renewable generation, natural gas remained the top source of U.S. electricity, increasing from 37 percent in 2021 to 39 percent in 2022. In a statement to The Hill, Gregory Wetstone, president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy, said the surge was largely the result of economic factors, with wind energy and solar energy costs falling by 70 percent and 90 percent, respectively, in the last decade. The Inflation Reduction Act, which passed through Congress with only Democratic votes, included $369 billion in climate and clean energy investments, with the vast majority comprised of tax incentives. “[W]hile much remains to be done to achieve our nation’s climate targets, with the enactment of the Inflation Reduction Act, we now have a clear pathway toward the clean energy future that Americans want and climate scientists say we desperately need,” Wetstone said. “The legislation’s landmark clean energy tax platform is expected to further accelerate U.S. renewable energy development, create hundreds of thousands of good-paying American jobs, and drive a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.” https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/3921784-us-electricity-from-renewables-surpasses-coal-for-first-time/ https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=55960

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  • We Don't Have Time

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    • Lucinda Ramsay

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      Keep going!

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      • john linus Tom

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        This is amazing

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        • George Kariuki

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          This is great news for our environment! Renewable energy is a much cleaner form of energy production and it's encouraging to see it surpassing coal and nuclear power in the U.S.

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          • Edwin wangombe

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            Renewable energy sources wins ... This is evident that renewable energy can be depended on and it's sufficient, sustainable and clean

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            • Videlis Eddie

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              Renewable energy is efficient and sustainable...we need to invest more in it

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              • dickson mutai

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                quite a leap .. we are happy

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                • Annett Michuki..

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                  this is incredible

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                  • Daniel Waweru

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                    This is a clear indication that clean and renewable energy can be effective. we continue to say that we should end fossil fuels.

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                    • Sameen Shahid

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                      Super

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                      • Saustine Lusanzu

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                        Sounds good for the global sustainability

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                      • Johannes Luiga

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                        Very encouraging

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                        • Stewart Milne

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                          Still a long way to go and a lot of work to do but it's great to see some progress!

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