Milestone – Almost All New U.S. Electricity from Renewables in Q1 2016

Milestone – Almost All New U.S. Electricity from Renewables in Q1 2016

May 20th, 2016 | Posted in Environment & Energy

iStock_000016699748XSmallThis is a pretty astonishing development. Almost all new U.S. electricity generation installed in Q1 2016 was in the form of renewables, either solar or wind. The actual numbers from a FERC update

    New Wind Generation – 700 MW added
    New Solar Generation – 500 MW added
    New Natural Gas Generation – 18 MW added
    New Coal or Nuclear Generation – 0

These numbers probably underestimate renewables since projects less than 1 MW are not counted, meaning most new roof top solar is not counted.

Renewables have of course made up most new electricity generation for some time, but these first quarter numbers bring home just how investment is shifting and quite quickly.

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