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. https://www.forbes.com/sites/brianmurray1/2019/07/08/renewables-beat-out-coal-in-april-but-for-how-long/#1dadb729794b
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RENEWABLES BEAT OUT COAL IN APRIL, BUT FOR HOW LONG?
For the first time since the build-out of the US electric power system in the first half of the twentieth century, renewable energy sources surpassed coal in the nation’s monthly electricity generation mix. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported in June that electricity generation from renewable sources overtook coal for the month of April, reflecting several short-term phenomena and long-term trends which we explore here. As with recent reports of gusty days in which wind generation supplied virtually all of electricity demand in US “wind belt” states, the excess of renewables over coal nationally in April is a remarkable testament to the pace of renewables penetration. Though unimaginable just a few years ago, these events must be viewed in proper context. The electric power sector consistently sees its lowest coal demand in April. Each dip in the chart shown in the US Monthly Generation link above falls during that year’s April, when temperatures are more moderate and demand for heating and air conditioning is lower. Consequently, many natural gas, coal, and nuclear generators schedule routine maintenance for the spring and fall, and many coal plants spent part of April offline for planned, temporary outages. READ MORE