Wind, solar bring 100% of US' large capacity additions in Jan 2018

Wind turbines in Illinois. Author: Chauncey Davis. License: Creative Commons. Attribution 2.0 Generic.

March 14 (Renewables Now) - The US brought in service 1,586 MW of new utility-scale power generation capacity in January 2018, all of which from wind and solar power plants.

A year ago, the newly operational capacity for the month was 3,091 MW, 50% of which came from natural gas and nuclear power plants, and the rest was again wind and solar.

Some of the biggest wind power plants that went online in the first month of this year are the 300-MW Red Dirt Wind Project in Oklahoma, the 229-MW Magic Valley Wind Project in Texas, the 200-MW Red Pine Wind Project in Minnesota and the 197-MW Bearkat Renewable Energy Project in Texas.

The table contains details on capacity in January and proposed additions and retirements by February 2021, as disclosed in the latest report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

New capacity in-service (in MW) Jan 2018 Total capacity at end-Jan 2018 Additions by Feb 2021 Retirements by Feb 2021
Natural gas 0 516,280 95,886 13,167
Coal 0 275,730 1,927 15,963
Nuclear 0 108,180 6,363 4,609
Water 0 100,880 12,953 583
Wind 1,230 89,850 83,434 68
Oil 0 43,290 736 311
Solar 356 30,990 47,948 2
Biomass 0 16,680 895 69
TOTAL 1,586 1,187,750 252,171 34,772

The full FERC report is available at

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