2015 renewable electricity totals more than half of 14.4 GW of new electricity capacity completed

2015 renewable electricity totals more than half of 14.4 GW of new electricity capacity completed

According to Utility Dive, 2015 renewable electricity accounted for 61% of 2015 electricity capacity additions across the United States, while natural gas contributed 35% of the total.

This is encouraging news for clean energy proponents addressing escalating challenges from climate change.

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In short, here are the Utility Dive highlights:

– while electricity capacity additions in the US slowed in 2015, renewable generation made up more than half of the 14,468 MW completed in 2015

– wind accounted for 47% of new generation capacity, followed by natural gas (35%) and solar (14%)

– the US Energy Information Administration (Eia) has predicted that capacity additions would begin to slow

– from 2018 to 2024 the Eia estimates additions will average less than 4 GW annually.

 

Source: Clean Technica

Date: February 2015

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