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Slow April for US renewables, gas brings 99% of new capacity

Solar panels in USA. Author: Pete Jelliffe. License: Creative Commons. Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic.

June 6 (Renewables Now) - Just 23 MW of large-scale solar parks and zero megawatts of wind farms were put in service in the US in April, while natural gas plants accounted for 99% of the months 2.7 GW of new capacity.

The first four months of the year saw the start up of 7 GW of new power capacity, including nearly 2 GW of wind, 1.5 GW of solar and 3.4 GW of natural gas, according to the latest report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Details on new and cumulative capacity by source, as well as proposed additions and retirements by May 2021, can be seen in the table.

All in MW 4-mo 2018 4-mo 2017 Cumulative Additions by May 2021 Retirements by May 2021
Wind 1,956 3,281 90,950 91,049 68
Solar 1,495 1,801 32,920 52,218 2
Biomass 3 110 16,520 706 50
Geothermal steam 19 18 3,850 1,115 0
Water 19 12 100,800 12,558 554
Natural gas 3,397 5,166 515,470 85,686 14,589
Nuclear 4 102 108,180 6,363 5,607
Coal 0 0 273,300 912 16,810
Oil 10 7 42,040 744 482
TOTAL 6,988 10,718 1,186,160 252,127 38,152

The full FERC report is available at https://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2018/apr-energy-infrastructure.pdf.

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