Green energy surpasses coal as top power source during coronavirus lockdowns

By Meghan Wray, Global News, May 6, 2020

As coronavirus lockdowns continue, Earth has had some breathing room to recover.

The latest good news comes from the U.S., where the country’s slowing economy has boosted renewable energy, with power generation sources like solar, wind and hydro overtaking coal-fired power for 40 straight days.

A report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) credits the boost to low gas prices, warmer weather and a huge dip in electricity demand, thanks to stay-at-home orders requiring businesses to close and people to stay put.

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