Renewables Account for 92 Percent of New Power in the United States

Although the United States built less new energy capacity than in the same time period last year, renewable energy dominated the capacity to come online so far in 2014.

According to the Office of Energy Projects at the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission “a full 92 percent of all new capacity added in the United States so far this year came in the form of renewable energy.” In all, renewables totaled all but 91 megawatts of the country’s 1,150 megawatts of new power capacity.

Stephen J. Smith reports on the success of renewables so far in 2014 for Next City, providing a break down of the new capacity: “Solar took home the crown with half of the new capacity, while wind picked up the majority of the rest, with 37 percent of the added capacity. The only major non-renewable source to add capacity was natural gas, which added a measly 90 megawatts of generation capacity.”

New York and California were the states that added the two largest renewable energy projects, but don’t forget that Texas has been busy this month breaking records for wind power generation.

Full Story: 92 Percent of New U.S. Power Plant Capacity This Year Came from Renewables


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