DOE Reports Two-Thirds of New U.S. Generation is Wind and Solar


A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy indicates a full two-thirds of all new electricity capacity in 2015 was wind and solar-based.

The latest edition of the annual report, Revolution…Now was revealed by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz during a discussion at The Atlantic’s Washington Ideas Forum.

“This report is further proof that our commitment to clean energy and American innovation can lead to steep cost reductions and sharp increases in the deployment of advanced technologies,” Secretary Moniz said. “We need to continue pushing the innovation agenda that leads to these kinds of dramatic cost reductions for all low-carbon technologies and increases America’s competitiveness and independence in the global clean energy economy.”

Land-based wind accounted for 41 percent of all new capacity brought online in 2015, with overall wind-generated electricity powering more than 17 million households.

Additionally, utility-grade solar represented 15 percent of all newly-installed electricity generation capacity in 2015, with overall utility-scale solar now powering two million homes. Individual rooftop solar installations are now installed on one million homes and businesses.

In total, wind and solar now account for a full two-thirds of all new electricity capacity in the United States.

The full copy of the Revolution…Now report can be found here. A short fact sheet on the Revolution…Now report can be found here. And a video on the report can be seen here.

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