Wind, Solar, and Biomass Provide All New U.S. Electrical Generating Capacity in January 2013!

According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, 1,231 MW of new in-service electrical generating capacity from wind, solar, and biomass sources came on line in the United States in January 2013. This shows a nearly three-fold increase in generating capacity compared to January 2012, when wind, solar, and biomass provided 431 MW of new capacity. Wind accounted for the largest share of new capacity in January 2013 with six new units providing 958 MW followed by sixteen units of solar, and six units of biomass. Renewable energy sources now account for 15.66% of total installed US operating generating capacity, while there is no new generating capacity reported for any fossil fuel or nuclear power sources. Once again renewable energy sources are dominating the electrical generation market. SUN DAY Campaign Executive Director Ken Bossong states, “And once again, their rapid expansion demonstrates that the U.S. can meet its future energy needs without resorting to dirtier sources such as nuclear power or the Keystone XL pipeline.”

Source: SUN DAY Campaign News Release- WIND, SOLAR, AND BIOMASS PROVIDE ALL NEW U.S. ELECTRICAL GENERATING CAPACITY IN JANUARY 2013

 

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