A momentous change took place in the US, and it was largely fueled by one of the more unlikely places: Texas.
It may seem that the US has taken a U-turn when it comes to clean energy, largely due to the current’s administration stance — pro-fossil fuels and against renewable energy. But under the radar, renewable energy continues its growth. In April, the renewable energy sector (hydro, biomass, wind, solar and geothermal) has generated more electricity than coal-fired plants, and current projections suggest that it will also trump coal in May.
An impressive change representative of this tipping point is the state of Texas, traditionally one of the US states most fond of fossil fuels. Wind and solar in the state overtook coal for the entire first quarter of 2019 and with 300 renewable energy projects currently in the works for Texas, there are reasons to be optimistic that the state is slowly transitioning from coal to renewable energy, according to zmescience.com.
Texas is also not alone. Several other states, including California, New Mexico, and Hawaii, have announced policies that support green energy. However, this doesn’t mean that renewables have become dominant in the US.
It’s still a long way away from renewables surpassing coal at a national, yearly level.