05 Dec '12, 10pm

Nearly 50 percent of new electricity generation added in 2012 was renewable

Nearly 50 percent of new electricity generation added in 2012 was renewable

Every month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission puts out a report called the “Energy Infrastructure Update” [PDF]. It is done in Microsoft Word by someone whose first priority isn’t aesthetics. But it does contain interesting information! Among which, this time: From January through October, 46.2 percent of new electricity-generating capacity added in the U.S. was renewable. From Renewable Energy World : During the first ten months of 2012, 92 wind projects (5,403 MW), 167 solar projects (1,032 MW), 79 biomass projects (409 MW), seven geothermal projects (123 MW), and 9 water power projects (12 MW) have come on-line. Collectively, these total 6,979 MW or 46.22% of all new generating capacity added since the beginning of the year. By comparison, new natural gas capacity additions since January 1, 2012 totaled 67 projects (5,702 MW) or 37.8% while three new coal projec...

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