1st 3/4 2021 - Renewables Are 88% of New U.S. Electrical Generating Capacity; Solar Capacity Projected to Experience Explosive Growth, Followed Closely by Wind.
- Nov 23, 2021 1:53 am GMT
According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data recently released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower) dominated new U.S. electrical generating capacity additions during the first three-quarters of 2021. 
FERC's latest monthly "Energy Infrastructure Update" report (with data through September 30, 2021) reveals that renewable energy sources accounted for 87.61% - or 16,665 megawatts (MW) - of the 19,022 MW of new capacity added during the first nine months of the year. Solar led the capacity additions with 8,410 MW, followed closely by wind (8,188 MW). Compared to the first nine months of 2020, new solar capacity additions are 38.28% higher while those from wind are 34.19% higher. There were also small additions in 2021 by hydropower (28 MW), geothermal (25 MW), and biomass (14 MW).
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