US Coal Capacity Factor Dropped From 67.1% In 2010 To 47.5% In 2019

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 17:23:22 +0000

After publishing some recent reports on US power capacity additions and forecasts, one of our readers pushed for more attention on how capacity factors are changing as well as capacity. For those of you new to the topic, here’s a brief definition of capacity factor from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA): “The ratio of […]

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Forecast: Solar Power Over 50% of US Power Capacity Growth in Next 3 Years

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 02:36:22 +0000

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) expects that slightly more than 50% of new US power capacity in the next 3 years will come from solar power — and that’s just considering large-scale solar power projects, not small-scale/rooftop solar power installations. According to FERC’s January 2021 to December 2023 forecast for power capacity additions, […]

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Renewables = 23% of US Electricity in November 2020

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 04:50:20 +0000

While renewable energy has been dominating new power capacity in the United States (see: 77–80% Of New US Power Capacity Came From Solar & Wind In 2020), it takes a long time to shift the giant electricity grid, which some have called the biggest machine in the country. Even so, month after month, renewable energy’s […]

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100% of New US Power Capacity Came from Solar & Wind in November

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2021 08:17:39 +0000

Matching the result in October 2020, November 2020 saw 100% of new US power capacity coming from wind and solar power, according to data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The figures exclude rooftop solar power, but 100% is 100% either way. Overall, in the first 11 months of 2020, solar and wind power […]

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Nuclear & Coal Will Account for Majority of U.S. Generating Capacity Retirements in 2021

Credit to Author: U.S. Energy Information Administration| Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2021 15:16:03 +0000

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest inventory of electric generators, 9.1 gigawatts (GW) of electric generating capacity is scheduled to retire in 2021. Nuclear generating capacity will account for the largest share of total capacity retirements (56%), followed by coal (30%)

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Solar & Wind Power Growth In UK From 2012–2020 (Charts)

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2021 00:03:18 +0000

At the end of 2020, I published a report on solar power, wind power, and fossil fuel power market share changes from 2010 to 2020. A helpful reader, Mike Dyke, directed me to UK data for the same period

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The Nuclear Industry’s Really Bad Safety Analysis

Credit to Author: George Harvey| Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2020 18:05:10 +0000

I have never seen the nuclear industry address the question of why their safety analysis calculations are off by an order of magnitude. Until they do, and I think it should include a gigantic mia culpa, my own choice would be not to allow any of their fantastical designs to be built

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Geopolitics Of Nuclear Generation Delayed Renewables By Decades To Fossil Fuel Industry Benefit, Our Detriment

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2020 21:05:11 +0000

It’s deeply unfortunate that nuclear geopolitics massively extended our use of fossil fuels and hence the power of the fossil fuel industry to pivot to gas generation and delay renewables, but their time has come as well

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South Korea’s New Aim: Bring Renewables From 6.5% To 21% Of Electricity By 2030

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2020 22:45:59 +0000

South Korea is increasing its commitment to cleantech — specifically, in this case, renewable energy — with new plans for the next 13 or 14 years

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South Korea’s Hydrogen Dream With Hyundai Is A Smaller Mistake Than Fraud-Riddled Nuclear Buildout

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2020 20:00:31 +0000

Hyundai has convinced the South Korean government, if no other government, that hydrogen is a big part of the future. They’ll spend a bunch of money failing to realize that future

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