24 Dec '14, 2pm

Last month saw solar and wind acct for 70% of new electricity capacity in the US

Specifically, three wind farms came on line last month, accounting for 333-MW of new generation in service. These included Stella Wind Farm's 182-MW Panhandle Wind Farm Phase II expansion in Texas and the 150-MW Origin Wind Energy project in Oklahoma. New wind generating capacity this year thus far has more than doubled that for the same period in 2013 (2,525-MW vs. 1,112-MW). In addition, 14 new "units" of solar came on line for a total of 294-MW of capacity, led by MidAmerican Renewables LLC's 250-MW Topaz Solar Farms expansion in California. Just a single new unit of natural gas came on-line last month (Wisconsin Electric Power Co's 140-MW Valley Power Plant Unit 1 Repowering Project) as well as the first and only coal plant to come into service so far in 2014 (Great River Energy's 106-MW lignite-fueled Spiritwood Station project in North Dakota). So, for the ninth time...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014...

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