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The U.S.'s Capacity for Renewable Energy Finally Exceeds Coal


For the first time, the U.S.'s capacity for renewable energy exceeded the country's capacity for coal-powered energy. The moment happened in April of this year, but the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) just released the data confirming the milestone in a document called the Office of Energy Projects Energy Infrastructure Update. The SUN DAY Campaign, a non-profit research organization that promotes sustainable energy, synthesized the document and published an analysis on Electric Energy Online this week.

According to SUN DAY Campaign's press release, FERC found that the total available generating capacity for renewable energy was at 21.56 percent in April, while coal's capacity was only at 21.55 percent (in contrast to 23.04 percent, which it represented last year). This doesn't necessarily mean that renewable energy generation provided more energy than coal — but it just so happens that in April, it did.