In 2017 Renewables Accounted for Half of New Energy Capacity in US

In 2017, renewables accounted for nearly 50 percent of all new energy capacity additions in the United States, according to a newly released report from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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In total, the U.S. added 12,270 megawatts (MW) of biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, and wind energy capacity. Wind and solar accounted for the majority of those additions. Interestingly, the U.S. didn’t add any new coal capacity throughout the year, but did add 11,980 MW of natural gas electricity capacity.

A Promising Trend

This marks the fourth year in a row that renewables outpaced natural gas in terms of energy capacity additions in the U.S. Some are taking the news as a sign that fossil fuels’ days are numbered, despite resistance from the federal government.

“Notwithstanding a year-long effort by the Trump Administration and its congressional allies to prop up coal, nuclear, and natural gas at the expense of renewable energy sources, clean energy technologies have proven themselves to be amazingly resilient,” Ken Bossong, Executive Director of the SUN DAY Campaign, told Clean Technica.

“The unmistakable lesson to be drawn from the past five or more years of FERC data is that solar, wind, and the other renewable energy sources are carving out a large and rapidly-expanding share of the nation’s electrical generation,” he said. . .


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2 thoughts on “In 2017 Renewables Accounted for Half of New Energy Capacity in US

  1. On the other hand, the US is now a net oil exporter, and is close to overtaking Saudi Arabia as the world’s number one producer of oil – thanks to fracking, which many argue is an environmental disaster waiting to happen. And who’s reaping the financial and political benefits?


  2. Good point, Alan. There are also major health risks associated with fracking – and with oil prices so low most oil companies take a loss on their fracking activities. So no one is reaping the financial benefits at the moment – except the banks that finance them.


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