28 Jan '14, 7pm

Solar power was 2nd-largest source of new power in US in 2013... or maybe 1st

Solar power was 2nd-largest source of new power in US in 2013... or maybe 1st

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has released its final 2013 Energy Infrastructure Update for the United States. The new FERC report shows that solar power was the second-largest source of new US power capacity last year. However, FERC's numbers for solar are actually a gross underestimate of actual solar power additions. I'll tell you why after first going through FERC's key findings. Starting with FERC's numbers, the summary is that natural gas took the top spot for new power capacity, adding 7,270 MW (or 51.17%) of new US power capacity; followed by solar, which added 2,936 MW (or 21%) of new power capacity. Overall, renewables added 5,279 MW (37.16%). Strong renewable energy growth is a testament to how competitive renewable energy sources such as solar and wind have become, but it's worth noting that we are still in the early stages of a genuine renewab...

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