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Almost 2,000 MW of solar added in first nine months of 2013, FERC reports

From the October 23, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published October 23, 2013

Solar power accounted for 18 percent of all new domestic electrical generating capacity installed in the first nine months of 2013, according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects. With 146 projects totaling 1,935 MW, solar trailed only natural gas (51 projects, 5,854 MW) and exceeded coal (2 projects, 1,543 MW) and wind (9 projects, 961 MW). Overall, renewables (biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) accounted for 30.03 percent (3,218 MW) of new capacity installed in the first nine months of 2013.

The 1,935 MW of solar installed in the first nine months of 2013 represents a healthy increase (77 percent) over the 1,091 MW of solar installed in 2012. Wind installations tumbled from 2012’s 87 new projects and 5,043 MW of capacity.

Natural gas now accounts for 42 percent of total installed operating capacity, well ahead of coal (29 percent). Nuclear has the next largest share at 9.2 percent, followed by water (8.3 percent), wind (5.2 percent), oil (4 percent), biomass (1.3 percent) and solar (0.5 percent). Renewable sources (water, wind, solar, biomass) now account for 15.7 percent of total installed U.S. operating generating capacity.

The FERC update is posted on the commission’s website.


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