“Renewable energies grew to become the second hottest energy supply within the US in 2020” …

Guest “I wouldn’t have put it that way” by David Middleton

JULY 28, 2021
Renewable energy became the second most popular power source in the US in 2020

In 2020, renewable energy sources (including wind, hydropower, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy) generated a record 834 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, or about 21% of all electricity generated in the United States. Only natural gas (1,617 billion kWh) produced more electricity than renewables in the US in 2020. Renewable energies surpassed both nuclear energy (790 billion kWh) and coal (774 billion kWh) for the first time. This result in 2020 was mainly due to the significantly lower consumption of coal in US power generation and the steadily increasing use of wind and solar energy.


Lead author: Mickey Francis


If you combine five different energy sources (wind, hydropower, sun, biomass and geothermal energy), these are in reality now essentially in second place with coal and nuclear power.

What is striking about this graph is that natural gas moves faster than the unreliable catch up.

Source: US Energy Information Administration (EIA), monthly energy report
Note: This graph shows the net electricity generation in all sectors (electricity, industry, trade and residential) and includes both solar systems in the supply area and on a small scale (at the customer site, less than 1 megawatt).

Billion (kWh)
natural gas 1.617
Unreliable 834
Nuclear 790
money 774

Here’s what it would look like if you posted it like the baseball table:

W. L. GB
natural gas 162 0
Unreliable 83 79 79
Nuclear 79 83 83
money 77 85 85

Don’t like math? Take on Yogi Berra …

For coal, however, the following applies: “It is not over until it is over”!

Coal production. We forecast that US coal production will increase by 78 million short tons (MMst) (15%) in 2021 to a total of 617 MMst for the year. The expected increase in production reflects the electricity sector’s stronger demand for coal. Higher natural gas prices make coal more economically competitive than natural gas for generating electricity. According to the forecast, coal production in the Appalachia region will increase by 13 million


Don’t you think yogi said these things?


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