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Published on April 20th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan

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Renewable Energy = 98% of New Electricity Generation Capacity in February (US)

April 20th, 2015 by  


Continuing a trend that any regular readers of CleanTechnica have seen very clearly, renewable energy sources dominated new electricity generation capacity additions in the United States in February 2015.

It was actually a quite weak month for utility-scale installations of any sort, which left my estimate of rooftop solar power to take 73% of the pie.

With such a big portion of the pie, an unofficial estimate like this should be taken as such. However, the estimate is based on annual projections from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) that have proven as solid as anything else out there.

If you just looked at the utility-scale side of the equation, renewables still would have accounted for >94% of new electricity generation capacity, with geothermal accounting for 52%, wind 24%, and solar 18%. Natural gas just added 5 megawatts of capacity in February according to FERC.

Looking at January and February together (including my estimates for non-utility-scale solar), renewables = 89% of all new capacity, and natural gas 11%.

Looking at all installed electricity generation capacity on the grid at the end of February, renewables = 17.5%, with 8.5% of that coming from hydropower, 5.6% from wind, 1.6% from solar, 1.4% from biomass, 0.3% from geothermal, and 0.1% from waste heat. We still have a long way to go.

US Renewable Energy Capacity - Feb 2015

Check out more US electricity capacity reports here, and US electricity generation reports here.


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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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