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Wind, solar bring 100% of new US power capacity in Sep 2018

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Wind, solar bring 100% of new US power capacity in Sep 2018


November 6 (Solar) – A bit over 700 MW of large-scale wind and solar farms became operational in the US in the month of September, with no other sources adding any capacity for the month.

In the first nine months of the year, meanwhile, natural gas was the leader in terms of new additions with 12.11 GW, followed by solar with 3.04 GW and wind with 2.75 GW.

The 200-MW Persimmon Creek Wind Farm in Oklahoma, a 160-MW wind farm by Rattlesnake Power LLC in Texas, and the 182-MW Midway Solar park in Texas were the biggest renewable energy facilities to go into service in September, according to the latest report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The table below contains details on new and cumulative capacity for the country’s main energy sources, and proposed additions and retirements by October 2021.

New capacity in MW Sept 2018 9-mo 2018 9-mo 2017 Cumulative Additions by Oct 2021 Retirements by Oct 2021
Wind 363 2,747 4,615 91,670 89,880 50
Solar 339 3,043 3,450 34,630 61,623 2
Hydro 0 33 215 100,490 14,896 633
Biomass 0 66 265 16,260 593 124
Geothermal steam 0 21 18 3,790 1,076 0
Coal 0 10 0 268,170 17 19,255
Natural gas 0 12,110 11,100 522,590 79,351 11,945
Nuclear 0 4 102 107,660 8,021 8,040
TOTAL 702 18,137 20,039 1,189,090 256,971 40,215

The full FERC report is available at https://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2018/sep-energy-infrastructure.pdf.


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