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Slow August for US wind & solar installs, gas brings 86% of new capacity

Source: Allianz SE (www.allianz.com)

October 12 (Renewables Now) - The US brought online 208 MW of large-scale wind and solar parks in August, while natural gas plants accounted for 86.2% of the 1,509 MW of newly-commissioned capacity for the month.

All of the power generation capacity put into operation in August came from the above-mentioned three sources, according to the latest report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Wind’s share of all new operational capacity was 9.81% and solar was responsible for just 4%.

The first eight months of the year saw the start-up of 16,768 MW of power generation capacity, led by natural gas with 11,581 MW of new capacity. The share of natural gas in new capacity coming online increased to 69.1% from 56.3% in January-August 2017. The shares of wind and solar in the newly-commissioned capacity for the period were 13.7% and 15.8%, respectively.

The table below contains details on new and cumulative capacity for the country’s main energy sources, and proposed additions and retirements by August 2021.

All in MW August 2018 8-mo 2018 8-mo 2017 Cumulative Additions by Sept 2021 Retirements by Sept 2021
Wind 148 2,300 4,494 91,230 89,240 50
Solar 60 2,650 3,210 34,280 57,614 2
Biomass 0 66 207  16,260 646 126
Geothermal steam 0 21 18 3,840 1,076 0
Water 0 33 146 100,270 14,905 633
Natural gas 1,301 11,581 10,865 522,380 79,715 12,021
Nuclear 0 4 102 107,630 7,721 8,040
Coal 0 10 0 268,240 17 16,317
Oil 0 18 50 41,400 725 166
Total 1,509 16,768 19,313 1,187,690 252,443 37,355

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

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