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US adds 10 GW large-scale wind, solar capacity in 2018, 20 GW gas

The Rocky Ridge wind park in Oklahoma. Source: Enel Green Power North America (EGP-NA)

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.

Capacity in MW 2018 2017 Cumulative Additions by Jan 2022 Retirements by Jan 2022
Natural gas 20,048 12,531 527,690 69,179 9,279
Wind 6,028 7,415 94,950 97,455 0
Solar 4,181 6,186 35,820 70,904 2
Nuclear 350 102 107,980 11,301 9,052
Coal 10 45 265,960 17 15,244

The full FERC report is available here.

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