Renewable Generation Surpasses Nuclear For First Time Since 1984
July 11, 2017
The Energy Information Administration reported that U.S. renewable generation surpassed production from nuclear in March and April, the first time that has happened since 1984. The drivers were record generation from wind and solar, as well as strong precipitation in the West that led to an increase in hydroelectricity. At the same time, nuclear plants typically undergo refueling and maintenance in the spring, resulting in lower output. EIA further predicted that nuclear generation will again exceed renewables this summer and will generate more power than renewables will for all of 2017.