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In 2022, utilities are scheduled to lose 14.9 gigawatts (GW) of electric generation as plants are put out to pasture across the US, according to the US Energy Information Administration. The bulk of the shutdowns are coal-fired power plants (85%), followed by natural gas (8%) and nuclear (5%).Renewables, such as wind and solar, are expected to pick up much of the slack.

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Christopher Neely on Jan 29, 2022

Although this comes as no surprise, it is nonetheless great to read. If people are really curious about the arc of our progress into a renewable future, these are good stats to look at. Part of me wonders, however, if coal plants, just by dint of their ubiquity through the 20th century, have always led the way in annual power plant retirements. 

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Paul Korzeniowski on Feb 2, 2022

Good point. Once a company has invested the $$ needed to create, deliver, and support a product, it becomes difficult to dump it. The IRS still has computer programs written in Assembler, a programming language common more than 50 years ago. So, some coal plants will continue to operate even as renewables become the primary energy source. 

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