Published on January 2nd, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan


Renewables = 99% of New US Power Capacity in November

January 2nd, 2016 by  

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.

US renewable energy capacity chartAs 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.

US New Renewable Energy Capacity - November 2015

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  • patb2009

    66% is wind/solar, 33% is nat gas… Year to date.
    This is why coal is dying.

  • globi

    I find these numbers disappointing. It’s orders of magnitudes away from what is technically and economically feasible.
    Only 22 MW of solar? Germany installed 3000 MW in December 2011 already.–high-of-3-000-mw-in-december-alone_100005398/

    • Frank

      I sure would like to see us add 2% renewable generation per year. We are nowhere near that.

      • patb2009

        I think we will get there with a 5 year extension on the ITC,
        all these deals look awesome.

    • vensonata

      I estimate about 12 Gw of PV per month for the next 15 years is necessary. 12x12x15= 2 TW = 50% of U.S. Demand…that is about 2000Twh/year.

      • globi

        I agree and keep also in mind this is only electricity.
        With a higher renewable electricity share, hot water, heating and transportation will also need to be electrified. Electrification will reduce total energy demand but at the same time increase electricity demand.

  • patb2009

    and that’s what’s reportable… There is lots of small residential and commercial solar going in…

  • Frank

    Zach, I would love to see capacity being decomissioned too, and the net. Looks like a couple of coal plants closed in October.

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