Power generation in the U.S. was almost flat year over year in February, with declines in coal-fired generation offset by output gains from gas-fired and renewable resources.
Utility-scale generation net of hydroelectric pumped storage increased 0.5% year over year in February to 327.8 million MWh, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest “Electric Power Monthly” report, released April 26.
Over the same period, gas-fired generation climbed 4.1% to 115.6 million MWh, accounting for 35.3% of the net total. Coal-fired generation declined 19.5% versus the prior-year period to 70.8 million MWh to account for 21.6% of the nation’s electricity.
Renewable output climbed 26.5% year over year to 76.6 million MWh as most renewable resources posted gains. Renewables accounted for 23.4% of total U.S. electricity in February.
Year-to-date through February, utility-scale generation climbed 4.4% versus the prior year to 706.7 million MWh, with coal supplying 22.4% of the nation’s power and natural gas 35.6%. For the first two months of the year, renewable generation supplied 22.1% of the nation’s power, compared with 19.0% a year earlier.