Electricity generated by renewable sources, such as solar, wind, and hydro, has exceeded coal-fired power in the U.S for a record 40 days, Reuters reports.
“The boost for renewables is due to a seasonal increase in low-cost solar and hydropower generation, alongside an overall slump in electricity demand caused by coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders,” says Reuters.
The findings come from a report based on US government data from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.
Global coal-fired power demand is forecast to take a disproportionate hit, falling 20% this year, according to the EIA.
Meanwhile, renewable energy generation will grow 11% because it is dispatched by grid operators whenever it is available because of its low operating cost.