U.S. Energy Consumption: Coal vs. Renewables


In 2019, renewable energy consumption in the United States surpassed coal for the first time in more than 130 years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

“This outcome mainly reflects the continued decline in the amount of coal used for electricity generation over the past decade as well as growth in renewable energy, mostly from wind and solar,” the EIA said.

Coal consumption in the U.S. fell nearly 15% in 2019 compared with 2018. Total renewable energy consumption rose by 1%.