US renewable energy farms outstrip 99% of coal plants economically – study

The Guardian reports on a new study that shows that coal is simply far more expensive to build and maintain than solar or wind power. The end of the era of coal is in sight, and can’t come too soon. However, to maintain the grid it will require operating plants at increasing costs for at least the next decade.

Coal in the US is now being economically outmatched by renewables to such an extent that it’s more expensive for 99% of the country’s coal-fired power plants to keep running than it is to build an entirely new solar or wind energy operation nearby, a new analysis has found.

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