Electricity generation in the U.S. from renewable energy is expected to surpass nuclear and coal by 2021, according to the country's Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Thursday.
The EIA added that it anticipates that electricity generation from renewable sources will surpass natural gas by 2045.
The share of renewables in the U.S.' electricity generation mix is expected to increase from 19% in 2019 to 38% in 2050, according to the Annual Energy Outlook 2020 in its reference case.
"Most of the growth in renewable electricity generation is attributed to wind and solar, which account for about half of renewable generation today," the EIA said in the statement, adding that these renewable energy sources are projected to account for nearly 80% of the renewables' total in 2050.
The EIA forecasts that conventional hydroelectric generation will remain relatively unchanged through 2050, but would become a smaller portion of the electricity generation mix as other sources of generation increase.
By Ovunc Kutlu