The US Department of Energy recently reported that 2021 is the first year when renewables outproduced nuclear energy in the United States. There is a consistent upward trend with renewables in the chart above (left side) and a slight reduction in the overall electrical generation from nuclear energy. Coal generation is the most noticeable reduction in the past decade. Wind more than tripled it’s contribution and solar also showed a significant uptick over the past decade. Natural gas and renewable energy are now making up the difference for coal. This trend will continue in Washington state where all coal must be removed from our electrical grid by 2025.
Puget Sound Energy is making progress toward meeting the 2025 goal, reducing coal’s contribution to it’s Washington state electrical mix from roughly 35% to 23% in the past several years.
More Utility Scale Renewable Energy Coming Online
Although there has been a recent increase in the price of solar energy because of supply chain issues and potential tarifs, solar achieved the distinction of being the cheapest new electrical generation resource in history in 2020. The following graph is showing this trend will continue over the next year and this will give us the ability further reduce the use of toxic energy sources like coal, petroleum and nuclear energy while also meeting the needs of electrifying our transportation system.
The energy transformation from toxic energy sources (coal, petroleum and nuclear) is going to make a significant difference in the fight against our Climate Crisis.
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