The US produced more energy from renewable sources for the first time in April than from coal – despite President Trump's promise to bring & # 39; coal back & # 39;
- American renewable energy sources are hydroelectric dams and wind turbines
- In April these sources produced more energy than coal for the first time
- Trend comes despite different pro-coal policies from the Trump administration
In April, the US for the first time produced more energy from renewable sources than from coal in one month.
According to data from the US Energy Information Administration, hydroelectric power stations, solar panels and wind turbines generated 68.5 million megawatt hours of energy during April 2019.
This was compared with 60 million megawatt hours of energy produced from coal in the same month.
The trend is that President Donald Trump promises to recover the coal industry, which has been hit hard by the competition of cheaper natural gas and renewable energy & # 39 ;.
Coal produced less energy than renewable sources in April, for the first time in American history
The US is shifting to natural gas, which is not only cheaper than coal, but also releases less carbon dioxide.
Experts noted, however, that several coal-fired power stations could no longer be serviced in April and that an increase in wind generation and a fall in demand for energy were seen this month.
This suggests that coal can easily take over from renewable sources in the coming months.
Nevertheless, a report from the Institute for Energy, Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) said that the trend may extend into the month of May.
The trend will occur sporadically in the coming years, says IEEFA, as renewable energy is becoming cheaper and world attention is focused on mitigating the effects of carbon-based climate change by turning away from fossil fuels.
Renewable energy has closed the gap on coal that has fallen out of favor in recent decades. However, they still represent a relatively small part of American production
President Donald Trump had previously promised to reduce the US coal industry & # 39;
Growth in both solar and wind energy was particularly strong, with the first 48 times more electricity produced than ten years ago thanks to cheaper equipment and government incentives.
Combined with an increase in renewable energy sources, coal consumption is falling.
Last year, coal hit an almost 40-year low in terms of proportional use in the US
Coals have fallen out of favor, partly as a result of falling natural gas costs.
In 2016, it was dethroned as America's fuel choice by natural gas, a feat made possible in part by a thriving hydro-fracking industry that continues to pump abundant fossil fuels from the Bakken oil shale in North Dakota.
The US is shifting to natural gas, which is not only cheaper than coal, but also releases less carbon dioxide
The Trump government completed one of its biggest environmental regulations roll-backs on Wednesday, replacing a milestone in the Obama era, which aimed to rid the nation's power grid of coal-fired power stations and their climate-damaging pollution.
Andrew Wheeler, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, lobbied for the former coal industry and signed a replacement rule that gives states room to decide whether they want to apply for efficiency upgrades at existing coal plants.
Wheeler said that coal-fired power plants remain essential to the electricity grid, something opponents deny.
& # 39; Americans want reliable energy that they can afford & # 39 ;, he said at a press conference. It is undeniable that fossil fuels remain an important part of the mix, "he said.
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