According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) ‘Monthly Energy Review’, the United States’ annual energy consumption from renewable sources in 2019 was more than coal consumption for the first time since year 1885.
This report shows fall in the usage of coal for electricity generation over last ten years and spike in renewable energy. In comparison with 2018, the US’ coal consumption plunged 15%, and total renewable energy consumption surged 1%.
In 2019, U.S. coal consumption went down for the sixth consecutive year to 11.3 quadrillions Btu, which happens to be the lowest since 1964. Electricity generation from coal has significantly gone down in the past decade and, in 2019, slumped to its lowest level in 42 years. On the other hand, natural gas consumption in the electric power sector has gone up drastically in recent years and has displaced much of the electricity generation from retired coal plants.
In the year 2019, total renewable energy consumption in the U.S. went up for the fourth consecutive year to a record-high 11.5 quadrillion Btu. Since last five years, renewable energy growth is almost entirely attributable to the usage of wind and solar. In 2019, electricity generation from wind was more than hydro for the first time and is now the most-used renewable energy source for electricity generation in the US on an annual basis.