New Energy Officially Passes Coal
FERC'S Latest "Infrastructure" Report Reveals U.S. Renewable Generating Capacity Has Now Surpassed Coal!
Ken Bossong, June 10, 2019 (Sun Day)
“…U.S. electrical generating capacity by renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) has now - for the first time - surpassed that of coal…[Through April 30, 2019,] 18 ‘units’ of new wind capacity (1,545 MW) and 102 units of new solar capacity (1,473 MW) were added during the first four months of this year. Coupled with four units of new hydropower (29 MW), that was enough to push renewable energy's share of total available installed U.S. generating capacity up to 21.56%. By comparison, coal's share dropped to 21.55% (down from 23.04% a year ago)…
[New Energy capacity is growing,] on average, a percentage point each year…The share of the nation's generating capacity provided by utility-scale solar alone has more than doubled during the past three years from 1.42% to 3.23%...[W]ind's share has increased from 6.43% to 8.25% and is now on track to surpass hydropower (8.41%) within the next few months…[B]y May 2022, proposed ‘high probability’ generation additions and retirements could result in a net increase in renewable energy capacity of 40,993 MW. By comparison, net capacity by nuclear, coal, oil, and natural gas combined could actually decline by 24 MW…” click here for more