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U.S. Data: Renewables Outgrew Traditional Electricity Generation in 2017

S&P Global Market Intelligence:

Both gas-fired and coal-fired generation ceded market share to renewable resources in 2017 as thermal generation’s overall share of U.S. generation slipped from 83.9% to 81.7%.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest “Electric Power Monthly” released Feb. 27, utility-scale generation declined 1.6% to 4.02 billion MWh, with coal supplying 30.0% of the nation’s power and natural gas at a 31.7% share. During the year, renewable generation supplied 17.1% of the nation’s power, compared with 14.9% a year earlier.

Coal-fired generation declined 2.6% year over year to 1.21 billion MWh, while gas-fired generation declined 7.8% to 1.27 billion MWh. Meanwhile, renewable generation grew 12.8% to 687.3 million MWh.

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