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Renewable Energy Capacity in America Beats Coal for the First Time

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According to a new report released in the US, the downward trend of coal in the U.S. has accelerated with renewable energies recording more capacity than coal for the first time. The report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) showed power plants in April were capable of producing more energy from clean sources than they are from coal.

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) attributed the milestone to the change in season, noting that coal plants are typically renovated during the spring and autumn, when U.S. residents use far less air conditioning and heat, and therefore less energy overall. 

Renewable energy capacity was able to surpass coal capacity in April due to new units of renewable energy being built in the US. The FERC report found that 1,545 megawatts of wind capacity, 1,473 megawatts of solar capacity, and 29 megawatts of new hydropower were added to the US grid between January and April of 2019.

However, while this milestone has been welcomed by the renewable energy sector, experts do not predict annual renewable energy generation to exceed coal energy generation for at least another few years.

Naturgy supplies 100% renewable energy and works with various stakeholders to ensure a clean energy future for Ireland working with our customers in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK with a renewable energy strategy that suits their business needs.

In 2012, Naturgy established a dedicated renewables team and currently has a portfolio of over 200 MW of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) across a range of technologies in ROI and NI. 

In 2013 Naturgy became the first energy supply company in Ireland to achieve a 100% renewable energy rating for all electricity supplied to its customers and still maintains a 100% rating, according to the latest Fuel Mix Disclosure report by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities.

Contact the team and learn how we can meet your energy needs: info@naturgy.ie; + 353 1 884 9400.