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EIA report suggests US is moving to lower-carbon power mix

Coal is losing ground in US electricity generation while gas and renewables are gaining, according to new data Coal is losing ground in US electricity generation while gas and renewables are gaining, according to new data.
By Peter Stewart 5 March 2019 Americas / Policy & Regulation 0 34002
A coal plant in the United States. (PA)

The United States continued to switch to lower-carbon fuels in its power generation mix during 2018 despite the decision by President Donald Trump in June 2017 to withdraw the country from the Paris agreement, according to preliminary data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The EIA’s Electric Power Monthly, published on 27 February, showed a continuing decline in coal use for power generation while gas and renewables increased their share of the country’s power mix. The report contains preliminary data for the whole...