(SeeNews) - Aug 21, 2014 - All of the newly-commissioned 405 MW of power capacity in the US last month came from renewables, most of which from wind power, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said on Tuesday.
According to FERC’s monthly Energy Infrastructure Update, two wind farms with a combined capacity of 379 MW were put on stream in July, namely Pattern Energy Group LP’s (PEG LP) 218-MW Panhandle and EDF Renewable’s 161-MW Spinning Spur II parks in Texas. Five solar plants of 21 MW in total and 5 MW of hydropower stations also kicked off commercial operations in the US.
Between January and July, the US switched on 4,758 MW of power generation facilities, including 1,226 MW of solar and 1,196 MW of wind. Natural gas-fired plants had the largest share of the total with 2,185 MW of newly launched capacity.
At the end of July, the US' cumulative wind power capacity stood at 61,950 MW, accounting for 5.26% of the country’s total installed capacity. The share of solar was 0.75% with 9,310 MW of operational plants.