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Coal Dips, Gas Surges

According to data just published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, power generation from coal has dipped below 50% of Colorado’s total and has dipped below 30% nationwide. Natural gas has surged in its place, moving from 23% of all Colorado generation in 2017 to 30% of all generation in the state in 2018.

Looking farther back, the steady decline of coal in the face of growing gas and renewables is clear.










Non-hydro renewables gained only 1% of Colorado’s total generation from 2017-2018 based on modest gains in wind and solar, but the longer-term trend for those energy sources is more positive. Wind makes up 84% of Colorado’s non-hydro renewable energy generation, with solar at 14%.


Last updated: February 28, 2019 at 12:38 pm