Renewables Continue To Dominate New U.S. Generating Capacity


Renewable energy advocacy group the Sun Day Campaign reports that solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydropower provided 55.7% of newly installed U.S. electrical generating capacity during the first half of the year – 1,965 MW of the 3,529 MW total.

Citing U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission figures, the Sun Day Campaign says solar power has accounted for 32.1% of this new capacity with 1,131 MW. Wind provided 19.8% with 699 MW.

The single greatest source of added generating capacity was natural gas with 44.1%, representing 1,555 MW. No new coal or nuclear capacity came online in the first half of the year.

The Sun Day Campaign says renewable energy sources now account for 16.28% of all U.S. operating capacity, breaking down as follows:

Hydropower – 8.57%;
Wind – 5.26%;
Biomass – 1.37%;
Solar – 0.75%; and
Geothermal – 0.33%.

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