100% Of New Power Capacity In US Came From Renewable Energy In November (2nd Month This Year)

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I got news of this a couple of days ago and decided to pass on covering the story since we basically already covered it 3 weeks ago, when the news was that 99% of new power capacity added in November would come from renewables. That somehow changed to 100% once the final figures were announced, but I figured it wasn’t really worth doing another story over a change from 99% to 100%.

But the news has been blowing up across the internets, so I changed my mind and decided to quickly put this piece up.

Notably, this isn’t the first month this year in which renewables accounted for 100% of new power capacity. The same thing occurred in March. Actually, in March, solar power alone accounted for all new power capacity.

Nonetheless, this is great news, and it deserves to go viral. And it would be great if this happened every month!

Here are the full details from FERC on the split for November:

  • 0 natural gas power plants placed into service = 0 MW
  • oil power plants placed into service = 0 MW
  • 0 coal power plants placed into service = 0 MW
  • 0 nuclear power plants placed into service = 0 MW
  • 0 waste heat power plants placed into service = 0 MW
  • water power plant placed into service = 4 MW
  • 4 wind power plants placed into service = 81 MW
  • 1 geothermal steam power plant placed into service = 25 MW
  • 8 biomass power plants placed into service = 108 MW
  • 14 solar power plants placed into service = 177 MW

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Image: screenshot of FERC report


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