Renewables generated more electricity than nuclear in 2021, a first

By John Engel Follow @EngelsAngle

Renewable energy sources generated more electricity than nuclear energy in the U.S. for the first time in 2021, data shows.

Renewables — wind, hydropower, solar, biomass, and geothermal — generated 795 million MWh of electricity last year, while nuclear accounted for 778 million MWh, according to data from the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

New utility-scale solar and wind accounted for the increase in generating capacity for renewables. The EIA data did not include any small-scale or distributed solar power generation.

Natural gas remains the most prevalent source for electricity generation in the U.S. with 1,474 MWh in 2021. Coal-fired generation

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