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Energy Emissions From Coal Drop as Renewables Grow

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Short-Term Energy Outlook in November 2023, revealing positive trends in the fight against global warming. The report indicates a 3% decrease in U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2023 compared to 2022.

This decline is attributed to lower electricity generation from coal-fired power plants and increased generation from renewable sources, particularly solar power. The electric power sector’s shift towards renewables and the retirement of coal-fired plants contribute to an estimated 18% reduction in coal-related CO2 emissions in 2023 and a further 5% decline in 2024. The renewable sector, with a focus on solar power, is driving growth, with 60 gigawatts of new solar generating capacity expected by 2024. Notably, solar power has surpassed hydropower in monthly generation, emphasizing the ongoing transition towards
cleaner energy sources.

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