23 Apr '15, 7pm

Renewables Account for 75 Percent of New US Generating Capacity in First Quarter of 2015

Specifically, during the quarter, eight new "units" of wind came on line with a combined capacity of 647 MW — accounting for 52.64 percent of all new generating capacity for the quarter. It was followed by 30 units of solar (214 MW), one unit of geothermal steam (45 MW), and one unit of hydropower (21 MW). Five units of natural gas provided the new capacity from that sector. FERC reported no new capacity from biomass sources for the quarter nor any from coal, oil, or nuclear power. The numbers for the first three months of 2015 are similar to those for the same period in 2014 when renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) provided 1,422 MW of new capacity and natural gas 159 MW while coal and nuclear provided none and oil just 1 MW. Renewable energy sources accounted for half of all new generating capacity last year. Renewable energy sou...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015...

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