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US May coal generation totals 85.4TWh, up 16.2% from April: EIA

US coal generation for May was 85.4 TWh, the highest total monthly generation this year since January’s high of 118.7 TWh, according to Energy Information Administration data.

Coal generation in May increased by 16.2% from April. Coal made up 25.2% of total electricity generation in May, up from 24.3% in April.

But generation from coal in May remained down 17.5% from the five-year average of 103.5 TWh, the EIA reported Tuesday. Coal-generated electricity in May was also down 8.9% from the year-ago month.

Natural gas made up 34.1% of generation, a 15.6% increase from April and a 19.5% increase from the year-ago month. Gas as percentage of generation also rose 20% from its five-year average of 96.3 TWh.

Renewables, excluding hydro, made up 19.9% of generation, up 1.4% from April and up 0.7% from May 2017. Without hydro, renewables produced 11% of generation.

From January through the end of May, coal accounted for 26.8% of total generation, gas 32%, and renewables 19.6%.

Renewables accounted for more generation for the five-month period than in the past, according to S&P Global Platts data. Wind power generated 8.2%, utility solar 1.6%, distributed solar 0.7% and hydro 8.2%.

Total generation in May was 339.1 TWh, up 5.4% from the year-ago month and up 12.2% from April.

Only March saw a year-on-year dip in generation — of 0.1%. April and May saw more power generated those months any April or May since 2012.
Source: Platts

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