21 Mar '18, 1pm

coal,

coal,

We might not quite be hitting European levels of renewables generation yet , but it appears that coal and gas are in trouble over on this side of the pond too. Despite a high profile promise to end the war on coal , official data from the US Energy Information Administration reveals that renewables were up and fossil fuels were down last year. EIA /Public Domain Specifically, natural gas generation was down 7.7% and coal was down by 2.5%. Coal did, admittedly, level out somewhat in terms of decline, but if I were a coal miner I wouldn't be relying on that leveling out to continue. Coal also accounted for 6.3 gigawatts of retired capacity last year, more than half the total of all retired capacity, at the same time as literally no new coal plants were added to the mix for the first time in over a decade. EIA /Public Domain Meanwhile, renewables were up—with 6.3 GW of wind t...

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