The Victory of Solar and Wind Power over Coal

Solar and wind power hit a new record this year, generating more U.S. power than coal for the first five months of the year, according to preliminary data from the Energy Information Administration. It’s the first time on record that wind and solar have out-produced coal for five months, according to industry publication, E&E News, which first calculated the figures.

Official EIA data, shows wind and solar energy out-producing coal for January, February and March, while real-time figures indicate that same trend continued in April and May. When hydroelectric power is counted among the renewable mix, that record stretches to over six months, with renewables beating out coal starting last October.


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