Renewables provide over 16% of US electricity

February 5th, 2015, Published in Articles: Energize

 

The total renewable energy sources now account for 16,6% of the entire installed operating generating capacity in the US. Out of this, water constitutes 8,4%, wind 5,5%, biomass 1,38%, solar 0,96% and geothermal steam 0,33%. Renewable energy capacity now records a higher production rate than that of nuclear (9,14%) and oil (3,94%) combined.

Renewable energy production has outperformed natural gas resources, contributing over half of all new generating capacity in the US in 2014, reports the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Various renewable energy sources such as biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar and wind have contributed 49,8% with 7663 MW of new electrical generation in 2014. Meanwhile natural gas accounted for 48,6% with 7485 MW new electrical generation capacities.

 

Table 1: New generation added in 2014.
MW %
Wind 4080 26,4%
Solar 3193 20,7%
Biomass 254 1,6%
Hydro 158 1,0%
Geothermal 32 0,2%
Renewables total 7717
Natural gas 7485 48,5%
Coal 106 0,7%
Nuclear 71 0,5%
Oil 47 0,3%
Non-renewable total 7709
Total 15 426

 

New renewable energy capacity added in 2014 is 12% higher than that added in 2013. In 2013, natural gas accounted for 46,4% (7378 MW) of new electrical generating capacity while renewables accounted for only 43% (6837 MW). In 2014, a single coal facility (106 MW) was commissioned, nuclear power was increased by 71 MW due to a plant upgrade, and 15 units of oil, totalling 47 MW, were added.

Sabeena Wahid, Greentechlead, editor@greentechlead.com

Related Articles

  • Making smart grids smart, makes smart cities smarter
  • Evolving 4IR technologies and digital substations
  • ICT infrastructure to support SA’s utilities of the future
  • New report assesses SA companies and banks’ response to climate risks
  • Energy storage on municipal grids: Why this makes sense