US nonhydropower renewables provided 10 percent of the country’s electricity generation in 2018

Wind, solar, and other nonhydropower renewables together provided about 10 percent of electricity generation in 2018, according to the latest figures of the US Energy Information Administration EIA, part of the US Department of Energy. The agency expects they will provide 11 percent in 2019 and 13 percent in 2020.
In comparison: EIA expects the share of US total utility-scale electricity generation from natural gas-fired power plants to rise from 35 percent in 2018 to 37 percent in 2019 and in 2020. EIA forecasts that the share of electricity generation from coal will average 25 percent in 2019 and 23 percent in 2020, down from 27 percent in 2018. The nuclear share of generation was 19 percent in 2018, and EIA forecasts that it will stay near that level in 2019 and in 2020. The generation share of hydropower is forecast to average slightly less than 7 percent of total generation in 2019 and in 2020, similar to 2018.

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