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Published on November 2nd, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Renewable Energy = 68% of New Electricity Capacity In September

November 2nd, 2014 by  

The latest monthly numbers on electricity production capacity additions have been released by FERC. The result is another big month for renewable energy… and natural gas. As you can see in the first chart above, wind power accounted for the majority (61%) of new power capacity. Natural gas accounted for 19%, nuclear 12%, and solar 7%.

For the year to date, natural gas has accounted for 58% of new electricity production capacity, utility-scale solar 19%, wind 18%, and nothing else more than 2%. Together, renewables account for nearly 41% of all new capacity added in the first three quarters of 2014.

In total, the picture looks much worse (of course). 42% of US electricity production capacity comes from natural gas, 28% from coal, 9% from nuclear, 8.5% from water, 5% from wind, 4% from oil, and ~1% each from biomass and utility-scale solar.

But there is reason for hope. As the SUN DAY campaign noted in an email sent to CleanTechnica, “new capacity in 2014 from the combination of renewable energy sources thus far is almost 35 times that of coal, oil, and nuclear combined (3,598 MW vs. 104 MW).” Going on: “For the month of September alone, renewables accounted for over two-thirds of the 603 MW of new generating capacity put in-service [367 MW of wind (60.86%) plus 41 MW of solar (6.80%)].” The first three quarters of 2014 saw 11.8% more renewable energy capacity compared to the same period in 2013 (3,598 MW vs. 3,218 MW). We’re getting going. Things need to speed up, but I’m confident they will. Furthermore, here’s one more reminder that rooftop solar power is not included in these figures.

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US Renewable Energy Capacity - Sept 2014 


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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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