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U.S. renewables breaking records, wind power jumps 350 percent

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An annual report from the Natural Resources Defense Council said some components of the renewable energy sector have accelerated faster than the government estimated.

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Wind power capacity, for example, was 350 percent above a government forecast from 10 years ago.

"Dozens of clean energy records have been shattered across the United States in the last year and a half," Ralph Cavanagh, co-director of NRDC's energy program, said in a statement.

"And despite some new political headwinds, ever-improving economics will propel the clean energy transition in the years to come."

President Donald Trump and his energy secretary, Rick Perry, have lined up behind coal and nuclear supplies as "fuel-secure" resources for the nation's power grid. That effort has been met with criticism from unusual allies.

Testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week, Marty Durbin, the chief strategy officer for the American Petroleum Institute, said grid reliability is linked to different attributes for generation, not fuel sources alone.

While leaning in favor of natural gas as a clean alternative, Durbin said the nation's grid is supported by its flexibility.

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