There is major disruption underway in how electricity is generated in the United States. Historically, coal-burning power plants provided more than half of the nation’s electricity. Recently, however, coal has been losing share to natural gas and renewable energy sources. Solar photovoltaic and onshore wind energy are two of the most viable renewable sources available yet they currently account for only a small portion of the U.S. electricity generation mix. As of March 2020, wind energy accounted for 9% of electricity generation with solar at a much smaller 2%. The largest conventional methods of generation include natural gas, accounting for 40% of total electricity produced, and coal at a much smaller 18%. Coal has experienced a consistent decline in its share of total electricity generation over the last decade. At the same time, natural gas, wind, and solar have all gained share. While natural gas now dominates electricity generation, renewable energy sources appear poised to compete with natural gas as the largest provider of U.S. electricity generation in the not-so-distant future. The Rise of Solar Photovoltaic and Onshore Wind Over the past two decades, the use of wind and solar energy has exploded within the U.S. Wind energy electricity […]


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