Energy / Renewable Energy

Natural gas, renewables supply more than half of US electricity in August

WASHINGTON, DC — “Natural gas and renewables powered 53.4% of U.S. electricity generation in August, while coal accounted for less than a third of the total.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest ‘Electric Power Monthly’ released Oct. 24, utility-scale generation net of hydroelectric pumped storage increased 6.8% year over year in August to 411.2 million MWh.

Over the same period, gas-fired generation climbed 16.8% to 165.0 million MWh, accounting for 40.1% of the net total. Meanwhile, coal-fired generation declined 3.6% versus the prior-year period to 115.2 million MWh, to account for 28.0% of the nation’s electricity.

Renewable output climbed 14.4% year over year to 54.7 million MWh as growth among renewable resources was mixed. Renewables accounted for 13.3% of U.S. electricity generation.

Year-to-date through August, utility-scale generation climbed 4.5% to 2.84 billion MWh, with coal supplying 27.2% of the nation’s power and natural gas at a 34.8% share. So far, renewable generation has supplied 17.5% of the nation’s power, compared with 17.3% a year earlier.”

—  Anna Duquiatan, S & P Global Market Intelligence

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