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US powers up 3.4 GW of large wind, solar parks in 7-mo 2016

Solar system. Author: Oregon Department of Transportation. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

September 5 (SeeNews) - Roughly 3.4 GW of large-scale wind and solar parks went into service in the US in the first seven months of 2016, with zero wind additions in July, shows a report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The country put online 7.1 GW of natural gas-fired power station in January-July. Details on new capacity additions and total capacity are in the table in megawatts (MW).

Fuel type New in 7-mo 2016 New in 7-mo 2015 Total at end-July
Wind 2,199 2,474 76,170
Solar 2,216 930 18,070
Biomass 47 227 16,690
Water 199 151 100,310
Natural gas 7,099 2,854 507,570
Nuclear 0 0 107,060
Coal 0 3 295,990
Oil 0 0 44,950

The FERC report is available at http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2016/jul-energy-infrastructure.pdf.

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