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Happy Friday, Matador readers. A major milestone happened this week: data released by the US Energy Information Administration shows that the United States is on track to produce more energy from renewable sources than from coal in 2020. If the prediction holds, this would mark the first time that’s ever happened. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that coal is on track to produce 19 percent of our nation’s energy this year, below the amount produced by both renewable and nuclear power. The statistics include hydroelectric dams in the renewable category, which is a whole other issue. But the positive takeaway is that electric utilities continue to rapidly phase out coal.