US coal-fired electricity generation in 2019 falls to 42-year low - EIA :
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US coal-fired electricity generation in 2019 falls to 42-year low - EIA :

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review


Output from the US coal-fired generating fleet dropped to 966,000 GWh in 2019, the lowest level since 1976. The decline in last year’s coal generation levels was the largest percentage decline in history (16%) and second-largest in absolute terms (240,000 GWh).

Although lower electricity demand in 2019 was partly responsible for less coal-fired generation, the primary driver was increased output from natural gas-fired plants and wind turbines. Natural gas-fired generation reached an all-time record of nearly 1.6 million GWh in 2019, up 8% from 2018. Electricity generation from wind turbines also set a new record, surpassing 300,000 GWh, up 10% from 2018.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review

US coal-fired capacity peaked at 318 GW in 2011 and has been declining since then because many plants retired or switched to other fuels and few new coal-fired plants came online. By the end of 2019, US coal-generating capacity totaled 229 GW.

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