US clean energy bypasses coal and nuclear industries to take 21% of the market

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According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), by the end of 2020, clean energy sources ranked second in the country in terms of generated electricity.

US clean energy bypasses coal and nuclear industries to take 21% of the market

These sources accounted for a total of 834 billion kWh, which corresponds to 21% of all energy generated in 2020 in the United States. Natural gas is in the lead with 40%, and the growth rate of this source is even higher than that of renewable ones. Another 20% is accounted for by nuclear power and 19% remains with coal, the share of which has been sharply decreasing over the past decade.

Interestingly, if you look at the graph, it looks like renewables have already climbed into second place, and this was happening in the 70s and 80s.

US clean energy bypasses coal and nuclear industries to take 21% of the market

According to the source, now the next achievement of renewable energy has become possible both thanks to a decrease in the share of coal and the growth of solar and wind power plants.

The EIA believes that clean energy will become dominant in the United States by 2030.

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