Solar & Wind Are 93.8% of New U.S. Electrical Generating Capacity for 1st Third 2021; Solar + Wind Are Now 15% of Total Installed Capacity.
- Jun 6, 2021 10:05 pm GMT
According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data recently released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), wind and solar resources provided nearly all (93.84%) of the new electrical generating capacity added in the U.S. during the first four months of 2021 .
FERC's latest monthly "Energy Infrastructure Update" report (with data through April 30, 2021) reveals that 18 "units" of new wind (3,802-MW) and 131 units of new utility-scale solar (2,702-MW) accounted for most of the capacity added during the first third of this year. Natural gas provided 402-MW, hydropower added 14-MW, oil provided 6-MW, and biomass added 5-MW. All but 1-MW of the new utility-scale capacity reported for the month of April was from wind (659-MW) and solar (147-MW).
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