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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US Power Capacity Changes from 2010 to 2020 — CleanTechnica Charts

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2021 04:02:19 +0000

With US power capacity data in for the end of 2020, I thought it would be a good time to see how US power capacity has changed over the past decade. Using data from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, I’ve created two new charts that highlight the shifts that took place over those 10 […]

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77–80% of New US Power Capacity Came from Solar & Wind in 2020

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 03:20:02 +0000

According to new data from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) — data derived from Velocity Suite, ABB Inc. and The C Three Group LLC — solar power and wind power accounted for 77.1% of new utility-scale power capacity in the United States in 2020 (chart above). Adding in a CleanTechnica estimate for rooftop […]

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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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Seeds of Opportunity, How Rural America Is Reaping Economic Development Benefits from the Growth of Renewables

Credit to Author: Rocky Mountain Institute| Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2021 00:53:29 +0000

Register for a webinar on Wednesday, February 10, with RMI authors and community leaders from the projects highlighted in the three case studies to learn more about how to effectively foster wind and solar project developments locally

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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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U.S. Renewable Energy Consumption Surpasses Coal For 1st Time In Over 130 Years

Credit to Author: U.S. Energy Information Administration| Date: Fri, 01 Jan 2021 02:05:26 +0000

In 2019, U.S. annual energy consumption from renewable sources exceeded coal consumption for the first time since before 1885, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Monthly Energy Review. This outcome mainly reflects the continued decline in the amount of coal used for electricity generation over the past decade as well as growth in renewable energy, mostly from wind and solar

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Solar Power, Wind Power, & Fossil Fuel Electricity Market Share Changes From 2010 To 2020

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2020 04:54:06 +0000

Going into 2021, CleanTechnica is taking a look at electricity generation changes over the past decade. We have been publishing monthly US power capacity reports and monthly US electricity generation reports for a long time. However

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