A report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects said the addition of wind, solar, biomass and hydropower accounted for 88.2 percent of U.S. installed generating capacity in May.
The report, the “Energy Infrastructure Update,” said that two units of wind provided 203-MW, five units of solar provided 156-MW, one biomass unit provided 5-MW and 1 unit of hydropower provided 0.2-MW. By comparison, two units of natural gas provided just 49-MW, while coal, oil and nuclear did not add any new capacity for the month, the report said.
For the first five months of 2014, renewables provided 54.1 percent of the 3,136-MW of new U.S. generating capacity installed comprised of 907-MW of solar, 678-MW of wind, 73-MW of biomass, 32-MW of geothermal steam, and 8-MW of water, the report said. In the same time period, coal and nuclear provided no new capacity, while 1,437-MW of natural gas, 1-MW of oil and 1-MW of “other” provided the remainder.
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