For first time, renewables surpass coal in U.S. power mix

HYDROELECTRIC DAMS, solar panels and wind turbines generated almost 68.5 million megawatt-hours of power in April, eclipsing the 60 million that coal produced that month, Energy Information Administration data. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
HYDROELECTRIC DAMS, solar panels and wind turbines generated almost 68.5 million megawatt-hours of power in April, eclipsing the 60 million that coal produced that month, Energy Information Administration data. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
NEW YORK – For the clearest sign yet that renewable energy has gone mainstream, consider this: Clean-energy resources supplied more of America’s electricity than coal for the first time ever in April. Hydroelectric dams, solar panels and wind turbines generated almost 68.5 million megawatt-hours of power in April, eclipsing the 60 million that coal produced…

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