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For first time, renewable generation exceeds coal nationwide

July 8, 2019 | Jason Kuiper | generation, renewables
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In April, U.S. monthly electricity generation from renewable sources exceeded coal-fired generation for the first time, according to a recent story by the American Public Power Association (APPA).

The APPA story was based on data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The story said renewable sources provided 23% of total electricity generation compared to coal’s 20%.

“This outcome reflects both seasonal factors as well as long-term increases in renewable generation and decreases in coal generation,” EIA noted in its “Today in Energy” report. EIA includes utility-scale hydropower, wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass in its definition of renewable electricity generation.

EIA noted that overall electricity consumption is often lowest in the spring and fall months because temperatures are more moderate and electricity demand for heating and air conditioning is relatively low.

The article said electricity generation from fuels such as natural gas, coal and nuclear is often at its lowest point and that those are the months generators typically undergo scheduled maintenance.

Also noteworthy is that wind generation reached a record monthly high of 30.2 million megawatt hours in April 2019.

OPPD continues down the path of increasing the amount of retail electricity that comes from renewable sources. With the addition of the 160-megawatt Sholes Wind Energy Center in Wayne County later this year, renewables will supply 40% of OPPD’s customer usage.

When that occurs, OPPDs renewables portfolio will be at 971 megawatts.

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About Jason Kuiper

Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He is a former staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald, where he covered a wide range of topics but spent the majority of his career covering crime. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has also appeared in several true crime documentary shows. In his free time he enjoys cooking, spending time with his wife and three children, and reading crime novels.

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