Wind, solar bring 99.7% of US' new power capacity in October

Wind turbines. Author: Emilian Robert Vicol. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

December 4 (Renewables Now) - New large-scale power generation capacity additions in the US in October were all from renewable energy sources, with 409 MW of wind, 202 MW of solar, and 2 MW of hydro going into service.

Some of the biggest projects that went online are the 149.3-MW Rocksprings wind farm and the 253-MW Demott wind project in Texas.

The year-to-October picture is a bit different as natural gas is the leader in terms of new power generation capacity with 10,575 MW for the 10 months, according to fresh statistics released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Wind comes next with roughly half that volume, or 5,013 MW, while the capacity of newly operational large solar parks was 3,391 MW. For natural gas and wind the 10-month figures are up year-on-year by 26.9% and 62.5%, respectively, while solar suffered a drop of 41%.

Details of capacity additions (large) across the main sources of power in the US are available in the table.

New capacity in-service (in MW) 10-mo 2017 10-mo 2016 Total at end of period
Natural gas 10,575 8,333 516,270
Coal 0 45 283,690
Nuclear 102 1,290 108,180
Water 214 441 100,840
Wind 5,013 3,084 86,760
Oil 36 25 43,460
Solar 3,391 5,740 28,760
Biomass 18 0 16,750
TOTAL 19,835 19,106 1,190,580

The full FERC report is available at https://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2017/oct-energy-infrastructure.pdf.

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