More than a quarter of U.S. electricity came from renewables in April

The proportion of power from renewables more than tripled from 2001

Wind turbine lake Wilson MN
Wind turbines in lake Wilson, Minnesota. Image: Paul Huttner/MPR news.
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Some are calling it a “wow” moment. More than a quarter of all electricity in the United States was powered by renewable energy in April.

In fact, 28 percent of U.S. power came from solar, wind and hydroelectric in April. And for the first time, solar and wind supplied more power to the grid than nuclear, generating almost 20 percent of U.S. electricity in April compared to 18 percent from nuclear.

Why did renewables do so well in April? And how did Minnesota do? Gregg Mast, executive director of Clean Energy Economy MN joined Climate Cast this week to talk about it.

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