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In April, for the first time ever, the US produced more energy from renewable sources than from coal in a single month.
According to data from the US Energy Information Administration, hydroelectric dams, solar panels, and wind turbines generated 68.5 million megawatt-hours of energy during the month of April 2019.
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This was compared to 60 million megawatt-hours of energy produced from coal in the same month.
The trend comes despite President Donald Trump pledging to 'bring back' the coal industry, which has been hit hard by competition from cheaper natural gas and renewable energy.
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The US has been shifting toward natural gas, which is not only cheaper than coal, but also emits less carbon dioxide.
However, experts noted that several coal plants were down for routine maintenance in April, and the month saw an increase in wind generation and a drop in energy demand.
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This suggests that coal could easily take over from renewable sources in the following months.
Despite this, a report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) said that the trend could potentially extend into the month of May.
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The trend will happen sporadically throughout the next several years, says the IEEFA, as renewable energy becomes cheaper and the world's attention focuses on mitigating the effects of carbon-fueled climate change by turning away from fossil fuels.
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