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Published on January 2nd, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

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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

Also see:

Renewable Energy = 100% of New US Power Capacity In October

Did CleanTechnica Push The US EIA To Include Distributed Solar Generation In Monthly Reports?


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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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