According to this latest set of data, United States coal consumption has declined to the lowest rate since 1983.
A report that was published by Reuters shows that power production companies are swapping out their coal-fired units for natural gas, solar and wind energy.
The data, which comes from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, shows that coal power declined by 32 billion kilowatt hours (roughly 6% less energy) during the first half of 2018. Meanwhile, nuclear-powered generation was up by 16 billion, solar increased by 7 billion; and wind rose by 15 billion.
The report highlights a continuous decline in coal-powered generation from its peak in 2008. Reuters adds that – with 9 more gigawatts of power scheduled to close within the next two years – the decline is expected to continue.
Power Up With Positivity And Share The Good News With Your Friends – Photo by Tj.Blackwell, CC