September 7 (Solar) – The US put in operation 2.1 GW of utility-scale wind power capacity in the first seven months of 2018, a significant drop when compared to the 4.24 GW added a year ago, but large-scale solar installations remained relatively stable at 2.4 GW.
The shares of large wind and solar in new capacity coming online between January and July 2018 stood at 14.4% and 16.2%, respectively. Natural gas-fired power plants accounted for almost 68%.
In July alone, natural gas’ share of all new operational capacity was 94.2% with 1.5 GW put in operation, and the remaining 5.8% came from 92 MW of solar parks.
The table below contains details on new and cumulative capacity for the country’s main energy sources, and proposed additions and retirements by August 2021.
|Capacity in MW||New in 7-mo 2018||New in 7-mo 2017||Cumulative at end-July||Additions by Aug 2021||Retirements by Aug 2021|
The full FERC report is available at https://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2018/jul-energy-infrastructure.pdf.