Renewables, not natural gas, were main driver behind drop in U.S. power sector emissions in 2017. The growth of clean energy in 2017 was one for the record books: Last year was the first time a reduction in U.S. power sector carbon emissions could be attributed more to renewable energy and energy conservation than the nation switching from coal to natural gas to generate electricity. Carbon emissions from the power sector dropped 4.2 percent in 2017, this time on the back of declining load and greater renewable generation, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). In 2016, switching from coal to natural gas for power generation was the primary driver of the 5.8 percent downturn in carbon emissions.
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