Renewable Energy Provides 100 Percent of New Electrical Generation in July

Data from the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report just released from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects shows that 100 percent of new U.S. electrical generating capacity put into service for July came from renewable energy sources. Those sources include 379 megawatts (MW) from wind energy, 21 MW of solar power and 5 MW of hydropower.

Renewables sources of energy, including solar, provide 100 percent of all new generating capacity in the U.S. in JulyJuly follows on the trend of previous months of 2014. For the first seven months of the year renewable energy sources contributed 53.8 percent of all new electrical generating capacity, for a total of 4,758 MW coming online. Of that, solar and wind account for more than one quarter each of the total with 25.8 and 25.1 percent respectively. Biomass added 1.8 percent, geothermal 0.7 percent and hydropower 0.4 percent. The bulk of the rest of new generation capacity in 2014 – 45.9 percent – came from natural gas, while a scant 0.3 percent came from oil and “other” sources. None of those other sources were coal or nuclear, which has added no new generating capacity to date in 2014.

“This is not the first time in recent years that all new electrical generating capacity for a given month has come from renewable energy sources,” noted Ken Bossong, Executive Director of the SUN DAY Campaign. “And it is likely to become an ever more frequent occurrence in the months and years ahead.”

The installed generating capacity from renewable sources of energy is now 16.3 percent of the U.S. total. The breakdown is 8.57 percent from hydro, 5.26 percent from wind, 1.37 percent from biomass, 0.75 percent from solar and 0.33 from geothermal.

Image credit: Jonathan Potts, courtesy flickr

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  1. […] There’s still a long way to go before anyone can claim a decarbonized power grid. Every year U.S. power plants emit more than two billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels. But the trend is clear, renewable energy is the way of the future, both economically and environmentally. Most new power generation capacity in the U.S. comes from renewable energy sources. In July of this year renewable sources accounted for all new generating capacity. […]

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