October 12 (Solar) – The US brought online 208 MW of large-scale wind and solar parks in August, while natural gas plants accounted for 86.2% of the 1,509 MW of newly-commissioned capacity for the month.
All of the power generation capacity put into operation in August came from the above-mentioned three sources, according to the latest report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Wind’s share of all new operational capacity was 9.81% and solar was responsible for just 4%.
The first eight months of the year saw the start-up of 16,768 MW of power generation capacity, led by natural gas with 11,581 MW of new capacity. The share of natural gas in new capacity coming online increased to 69.1% from 56.3% in January-August 2017. The shares of wind and solar in the newly-commissioned capacity for the period were 13.7% and 15.8%, respectively.
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.
|All in MW||August 2018||8-mo 2018||8-mo 2017||Cumulative||Additions by Sept 2021||Retirements by Sept 2021|
The full FERC report is available at https://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2018/aug-energy-infrastructure.pdf.