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Renewables Surpass Coal in U.S. Electricity Generation

That's a great news that renewable energy sources created more electricity than coal in the U.S. in 2022, with over 900 terawatt-hours of electric power generated from renewables compared to a little over 800 from coal. This marks a significant shift in the country's energy landscape as regulations around fossil fuels have tightened, and electricity generation from natural gas has gained pace. However, while renewable energy has been on a steady upwards climb, it still only accounts for slightly more than 20 percent of U.S. electricity generation, compared to almost exactly 40 percent from natural gas. And when looking beyond electricity generation to energy use as a whole, renewables only make up 12 percent of energy sources, with petroleum in the form of gasoline remaining a significant contributor. It's clear that there is still a long way to go for the U.S. to reach its emission goals and transition to a carbon-neutral economy.

Photo Credit: Rohan Makhecha

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