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