U.S. electricity generation from renewables to soon surpass nuclear and coal

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says renewables will overtake natural gas in the country’s electricity mix.

According to its latest 2020 Annual Energy Outlook, renewables are forecast to account for 38 percent of electricity in 2050 (up from 19 percent today), while natural gas will see its share drop to 36 percent (from 37 percent today).

The EIA expects that the relatively sharp growth in renewables seen during the past 10 years will continue through the projection period, with renewables overtaking natural gas after 2045 in an overall generation.

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