U.S. Renewable Generation Surpassed Coal

U.S. renewable energy generation surpassed coal and nuclear electric power for the first time.

Solar and wind renewable sources have surpassed coal in energy generation in the U.S. for the first time in 2022, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced.

According to the press release:

“Last year, the U.S. electric power sector produced 4,090 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electric power. In 2022, generation from renewable sources—wind, solar, hydro, biomass, and geothermal—surpassed coal-fired generation in the electric power sector for the first time. Renewable generation surpassed nuclear generation for the first time in 2021 and continued to provide more electricity than nuclear generation last year.

Natural gas remained the largest source of U.S. electricity generation, increasing from a 37% share of U.S. generation in 2021 to 39% in 2022.”