April 28 (SeeNews) - The US brought in service 1,291 MW of renewable power generation capacity and 18 MW of natural gas-fired plants in the first quarter (Q1) of 2016.
Thus, renewables accounted for 98.6% of all new capacity additions for the period, shows a report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Details per source follow in the table.
|Fuel type||Q1 2016 additions||Q1 2015 additions||March 2016 additions|
|Wind||707 MW||861 MW||72 MW|
|Solar||522 MW||404 MW||75 MW|
|Biomass||33 MW||16 MW||33 MW|
|Hydro||29 MW||2 MW||0 MW|
|Natural gas||18 MW||458 MW||0 MW|
|Geothermal||0 MW||45 MW||0 MW|
According to the FERC report, the US had 74.55 GW of installed wind and 16.12 GW of installed solar power capacity at the end of the quarter. The leading sources remain natural gas, coal and nuclear energy with 500.13 GW, 301.64 GW and 107.03 GW of available power generation capacity.