Latest US power generation data shows rise of renewable energy

The latest report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects shows renewable energy accounted for almost half of new energy capacity in the US.

According to the Energy Infrastructure Update, renewable energy accounted for 49.10 per cent of all new domestic electrical generating capacity installed in 2012. The electrical generating capacity totalled about 12,956 MW.
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Total, renewable energy sources account for just over 15 per cent of installed generating capacity, though net generation of electricity from renewables is closer to about 13 percent.

Despite difficulties posed by regulations, 2012 coal capacity rose 135 per cent over 2011.

Coal accounted for about 17 percent of new generation even though existing coal plants lost some place in the market.

Overall new generation capacity in 2012 rose more than 20 percent over 2011.

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