Renewables exceed nuclear in US power gen. since 1984
- In March and April, electricity generation from renewable sources surpassed nuclear in US

Electricity generation from renewable energy has surpassed nuclear energy in the U.S. during March and April this year -- a first since July 1984, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Thursday.

Retirements and seasonal maintenance of nuclear plants have played a role in nuclear power’s share lagging behind renewables in electricity production.

"An average of 14 gigawatts and 21 gigawatts of nuclear capacity were offline during March and April, respectively, representing about 14 percent and 21 percent of total nuclear capacity in the U.S.," the EIA noted.

More than 60 percent of all electricity generating capacity that came online across the U.S. last year was from wind and solar sources, the EIA said.

Between March 2016 and March 2017, electricity generation from wind resources increased by 16 percent, while solar-based electricity generation rose by 65 percent, it noted.

In addition, the EIA emphasized that it expects wind generation to increase by 8 percent, and solar generation to jump by 40 percent this year.

Electricity generation from nuclear power, on the other hand, "remained relatively flat since the late 1990s," the EIA said.

The administration, however, said that nuclear will surpass renewables in electricity generation in the summer season as this nuclear capacity will come back online.

"[EIA] projects that monthly nuclear electricity generation will surpass renewables again during the summer months of 2017 and that nuclear will generate more electricity than renewables for all of 2017," the agency said.

By Ovunc Kutlu in New York

Anadolu Agency




07 Jul,2017