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Renewable resources provided 99% of new US generating capacity in October, report finds


From the December 9, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published December 9, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor

Solar, biomass and wind units provided 694 MW of new electrical generating capacity in October, or 99.3 percent of all new generation placed in service, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects said in its latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report. The balance of 5 MW was provided by oil. Twelve new solar units accounted for 504 MW, or 72.1 percent of all new electrical generating capacity in October. Four biomass units totalling 124 MW made up an additional 17.7 percent and two wind units provided 66 MW, or 9.4 percent.
 
For the first 10 months of 2013, renewable energy sources (biomass, geothermal, hydro power, solar, wind) "have accounted for nearly a third (32.8 percent) of all new electrical generating capacity," said Ken Bossong, executive director of the SUN DAY Campaign in Takoma Park, Md. "That is more than that provided thus far this year by coal (1,543 MW – 12.5 percent), oil (36 MW – 0.3 percent), and nuclear power (0 MW – 0 percent) combined," he said.

Solar power accounts for 20.5 percent of the 2,528 MW of new generating capacity that has gone on line so far this year — more than doubling its 2012 total, Bossong said. However, natural gas has dominated 2013 thus far, with 6,625 MW (53.7 percent) of new capacity.

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