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EIA: Coal’s share of U.S. electricity generation through July 2020 down to 17.9%

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):

U.S. generation inched [up] 0.2% year over year in July, driven by growth in gas-fired and renewable generation but offset by decreases in coal-fired and nuclear generation.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest “Electric Power Monthly” released Sep. 24, utility-scale generation net of hydroelectric pumped storage increased to 413.3 million MWh from 412.2 million MWh in July 2019.

Gas-fired generation climbed 6.3% from the year-ago period to 185.4 million MWh, while coal-fired generation declined 11.2% to 89.7 million MWh. Nuclear generation was down 3.9% to 69.4 million MWh.

Renewable output climbed 7.5% over the prior period to 65.0 million MWh. Solar led the increase among renewable resources with 25.9%, followed by conventional hydro and wind with 9.4% and 3.1% growth, respectively.

Year-to-date through July, utility-scale generation net of hydroelectric pumped storage declined 3.1% to 2.31 billion MWh. Gas-fired generation was at 935.6 million MWh, supplying 40.5% of the nation’s power. Nuclear power produced 464.2 million MWh YTD, with a 20.1% share. Coal-fired generation fell to 414.0 million MWh, accounting for 17.9% of the net total. Over the same period, renewable generation grew 7.0% to 470.3 million MWh, supplying 20.4% of total generation in the U.S.

The EIA estimates that the July stockpile level of 138.4 million tons translates to 125 days of burn and 105 days of burn, respectively, for bituminous and sub-bituminous coal, 53.9% and 49.1% above the five-year averages for the month.

[Krizka Danielle Del Rosario]

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