Renewables Are 71% of New U.S. Electrical Generating Capacity Year-to-Date (and 100% June-November); FERC Forecasts Solar + Wind to Overwhelmingly Dominate Growth Over Next Three Years!
- Jan 7, 2021 9:26 pm GMT
According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) have dominated new U.S. electrical generating capacity additions in the first eleven months of 2020.
Combined, they accounted for almost 71% (14,734 MW) of the 20,803 MW of new utility-scale capacity reported to have been added thus far in 2020. Year-to-date, wind (8,042 MW) and solar (6,485 MW) have each contributed more new generating capacity than has natural gas (6,039 MW). 
FERC's latest monthly "Energy Infrastructure Update" report (with data through November 30, 2020) also reveals that natural gas accounted for 29.0% of the total, with very small contributions by coal (20 MW), oil (5 MW), and "other" sources (5 MW) providing the balance. There have been no new capacity additions by nuclear power or geothermal energy since the beginning of the year.
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