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US coal and nuclear power stations continue to close while wind is on the rise 14th January


There is evidence that USA’s coal capacity, despite Donald Trump’s attempts to revoke climate change law, is in decline.

Since the capacity of coal peaked in 2011 for the US, there has been a decline in the number of coal power stations. There has been growing concern that the coal industry will rise in the US, due to Trump’s views on climate change, his intentions to leave the Paris agreement, and relaxing Obama rules on emissions since 2017.

However, in 2017-18, over 23,400 MW of coal power stations were shut. Furthermore, 2018 experienced the second highest coal capacity reduction in the past 10 years.

According to Thomson Reuters and the U.S. Energy Information Administration data, 8,422 MW of coal power and 1,500 MW of nuclear are planned to shut in 2019. Furthermore, 10,900 MW of energy from wind will take its place. This is in addition to other renewable resources such as solar power which is evidence that the renewable energy is on the rise in the US, despite the President’s views on climate change.

There is still a lot of work to do in the US, an estimate of over 234,000 MW coal capacity is still in place and contributes to the 5,299 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide emitted through the energy industry.

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Source: Reuters

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