More than 99% of new power generation in January Came From Renewable Energy. This according to data released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday.
Of the 325 megawatts of new capacity installed, solar led the way with 287 megawatts in January. Next up is geothermal power producing a total of 30 megawatts. Following is wind energy with an installed capacity of 4 megawatts. Three new units of biomass totaling 3 megawatts. Lastly, there is 1 megawatt of “other energy”.
Power Generation from Renewable Energy
Despite significant gains, renewables are still a relatively small piece of the overall capacity in America. Renewable energy sources, including hydro, account for just over 16% percent of the total installations. The operating generating capacity, according to FERC is a picture fossil fuels dominate.
It’s important to note the difference between capacity to generate electricity and actual generation. Capacity is the total amount of energy that we can produce. Whereas generation is the total amount that we actually produce. Renewable sources like wind and solar produce energy less of the time than other resources with the same amount of capacity. These two numbers can sometimes vary significantly.
Electricity generation in America is heavily dependent on fossil fuels. As of November 2013, renewable energy sources, including hydro, accounted for about 13% of total net generation.
The immediate renewable energy trend is clear. January’s noteworthy numbers mirror those from several months last year with 99% of new power generation from renewable energy. In November, 100% of the 394 new megawatts came from renewable sources. In October, 699 megawatts were added. 99% of this 699 megawatts came from renewable sources. In March, 100% of new electrical generation capacity came from solar as seven units with a total combined capacity of 44 megawatts were added.
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