February 6 (Renewables Now) - A bit more than 10 GW of wind and solar power plants became operational in the US in 2018, a year in which the country added more than 20 GW of natural gas-fired capacity.
The combined share of wind and solar power in new capacity last year was 33%, while that of natural gas was 65%, according to figures by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Large-scale solar additions fell by 32.4% on 2017 figures to 4.18 GW. At 6.03 GW, new wind was down 18.7%. Natural gas, meanwhile, experienced a 60% increase in new capacity coming online.
The US is expected to put on stream 70.9 GW of solar, 97.5 GW of wind and 69.2 GW of natural gas power generation capacity by January 2022, FERC’s report shows. Details on recent capacity additions and future installations and retirements for the country’s main energy sources are available in the table.
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The full FERC report is available here.