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IEEFA U.S.: April is Shaping up to be Momentous in Transition from Coal to Renewables

Signs of a tipping point in national power-generation mix The future of the U.S. electricity generation industry may have arrived, and it is not good news for struggling coal-fired generating plants. This month, for the first time ever, the renewable energy sector (hydro, biomass, wind, solar and geothermal) is projected to generate more electricity than coal-fired plants, which totals about 240 gigawatts (GW) of still-operating capacity. According to data published this month in the Energy Information Administration (EIA) Short-Term Energy Outlook, renewables may even trump coal through the month of May as well.As the chart below indicates, the EIA sees renewable generation topping coal-fir

Washington State’s 100% Renewables Bill Passes Both Houses

Washington is looking to become the fourth state to make the move to 100% renewable electricity, with only a senate review and the hand of Governor Inslee left in the path of SB 5116. APRIL 16, 2019 PV MAGAZINE The progress of state-level renewable energy legislation in the U.S. resembles a house of mirrors. Legislation is being introduced, voted on and passed at a breakneck pace as more and more states embrace the energy transition – and no two are exactly alike. Now, focus has shifted to Washington State, where House Bill 1211 has passed its namesake chamber by a margin of 56-42. HB 1211 is the companion bill of Senate Bill 5116, which would require the state to adopt 100% carbon-free powe

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