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I am a New York-based freelance journalist interested in energy markets. I write about energy policy, trading markets, and energy management topics. You can see more of my writing...

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Are you curious about how much renewable energy was generated by each state last year as compared to 2015? Here's an answer. With the exception of New Hampshire, Louisiana, and Wisconsin, all other states made significant strides in powering their economies using renewable energy sources.  

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Bob Meinetz on Aug 1, 2021

"...all other states made significant strides in powering their economies using renewable energy sources."

Oh really?

Given 2020 was the first year for U.S. natural gas generation to surpass that of all carbon-free sources of electricity combined, and the average lifetime of a U.S. gas plant is 43 years, a more relevant conclusion might be:

"By using renewables as an energy 'Trojan Horse' to commandeer naïve green sensibilities, the U.S. gas industry made significant strides in dominating U.S. energy for decades to come."

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Rakesh Sharma on Aug 2, 2021

Great point, Bob. I suppose natural gas advocates would say that the fuel is a bridge to a renewable future because it is used to fill in the energy deficit left behind by coal plant retirements. But that's hokum.  

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