Wind Energy FAQs: Generation By Type

U.S. Electricity Generation by Type (2008-2019)

Since 2008 there has been a rapid shift in how the U.S. generates its electricity. The most significant part of that change has been a sharp fall in the use of coal and an equally sharp rise in gas which has gained 14% market share since January 2008: the most of any generator. The growth in use of gas shows now signs of slowing despite the fact that it now generates more than a third (35.8%) of all US electricity. Indeed gas is now starting to crowd-out renewable energy growth as can be seen from the market share of the latter which has been stagnant at 17.5% since late 2018.

Despite this Administration’s focus on supporting the coal industry, the rate of decline of coal-fired power generation has been largely unchanged since 2011.