February 7 (Renewables Now) - Large-scale wind and solar parks with a combined capacity of 11.7 GW went online in the US in 2017, taking a share of nearly 47.7% in new power capacity across the country last year.
Wind additions in 2017 were down by 14.5% year-on-year to 6.88 GW, and solar additions fell by 47.7% to 4.85 GW, shows the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) latest Energy Infrastructure Update. Meanwhile, the capacity of new natural gas-fired power plants coming on stream in the year reached 11.98 GW, up by 29% on 2016.
FERC also presented statistics for capacity additions and retirements by January 2021. These show large-scale wind and solar are to grow by 79.7 GW and 47.07 GW, respectively. The net natural gas power capacity additions are estimated at nearly 82 GW. Some 20.65 GW and 5.59 GW of coal and nuclear power plants are to close in the period.
Details of large-scale capacity additions across the main sources of power in the US for 2017 and for December alone are available in the table.
|New capacity in-service (in MW)||2017||2016||Dec 2017||Total at year end|
The full FERC report is available at https://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2017/dec-energy-infrastructure.pdf.