Published on January 2nd, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan8
Renewables = 99% of New US Power Capacity in November
January 2nd, 2016 by Zachary Shahan
I know — it’s already January 2016. Unfortunately, it takes FERC a little while to accumulate all of the data on new utility-scale electricity generation capacity, and the November data was released just before the new year.
As you can see below, FERC registered 200 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity, 22 MW of new utility-scale solar power capacity, 2 MW of new biomass power capacity, and 5 MW of new natural gas power capacity. Adding in an educated estimate for non-utility-scale solar, the total for November more than doubled, and the share coming from renewables came to 99%.
For the year through November, including an estimate for non-utility-scale solar, 72% of new power capacity is from renewables, 68% being from solar and wind.
Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go in order to transition the majority of the country’s power capacity over to renewables. Concerning total installed power capacity, solar and wind account for just 8% of the total, and all renewables together account for just 18.5%.
Check out the charts and table below for more details.