Renewable energy set to outpace coal for the first time over, in the wake of coronavirus-related shutdowns

Written by on May 19, 2020

Renewable energy set to outpace coal for the first time over, in the wake of coronavirus-related shutdowns

By Susan Phillips, StateImpact Pennsylvania

Electricity generated by renewable energy like solar and wind is set to outpace coal for the first time, according to federal officials.

StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips reports.

Coal generated power is expected to drop by 25 percent in 2020, according to a report by the Federal Energy Information Administration. Coal is much more expensive than natural gas and renewables.

The drop in power consumption because of coronavirus-related shutdowns and the resulting economic downturn means power plants are choosing cheaper fuel sources like natural gas, wind and solar. The power generated by renewables is expected to increase while natural gas will likely remain flat. 


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