That potential is now being realized. The U.S. generated more electricity from renewable sources than from coal for the first time ever this April,
“The fate of coal has been sealed, the market has spoken,” University of Texas energy expert Michael Webber told The Guardian. “The trend is irreversible now, the decline of coal is unstoppable despite
President Trump had promised to boost coal and, under his watch, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (
Coal, which supplied more electricity than any other fuel source a decade ago, has been losing both to
Coal will likely pull ahead of renewable sources again, since some coal plants were down for routine maintenance in April, Bloomberg News noted. The Guardian also reported that there was low energy demand this April, as well as an increase in wind power. A report from Fitch said that coal would surpass renewable energy overall through 2028, but the EIA predicts more months in which the renewable sources will pull ahead.
However, as coal declines, some utilities are shifting to gas, also a
“Gas infrastructure that’s built today is going to be with us for 30 years,” Rice University Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Daniel Cohan told The New York Times. “But if you look at scenarios that take
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