In accordance with an assessment by the SUN DAY Campaign of data recently released by each the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) for the primary 10 months of 2019, the combination of renewable power sources is on track to put first within the race for brand spanking new U.S. electrical producing capability added in 2019.
FERC’s newest monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update” report (with information by means of October 31, 2019) reveals that natural gas holds a diminishing lead for 2019 with 49.67% of all new producing capability in comparison with 48.45% for the combo of renewables (wind – 28.55%, solar – 18.59%, hydropower – 0.83%, biomass – 0.41%, geothermal – 0.06%). The stability of recent capability added contains nuclear energy (0.99%), oil (0.49%), coal (0.39%) and “different” (0.01%).
However, a powerful begin earlier this year, gasoline’s quickly shrinking lead appears more likely to disappear fully as soon as the complete 12-months of information are tabulated. In October, gas added simply 1 MW of recent capability, whereas the combo of renewables added 721 MW. New renewables capability — principally wind and solar — additionally exceeded that of gas in July, August and September.
Furthermore, EIA recently reported that it “expects that an additional 7.2 GW of capability will come on-line in December 2019” alone — a one-month enlargement roughly equal to the entire of recent fuel capability (7.8 GW) introduced on-line within the 10 months because of the starting of the year. EIA additionally foresees one other 14.3 GW of wind capability coming on-line in 2020.
The forecast development in new wind capability in the course of the rest of 2019 is strengthened by EIA’s newest “Electric Power Monthly” report (with information by means of October 31, 2019) which exhibits that wind-generated electrical energy within the month of October 2019 was 32.80% greater than a year earlier whereas year-to-date (YTD), wind produced 9.21% more electrical energy than throughout the identical 10-month interval in 2018.
Likewise, solar-generated electrical energy in October 2019 was 21.65% larger than in October 2018, whereas YTD, solar’s electrical output was 14.59% increased than for a similar time frame a year earlier. Small-scale solar photovoltaics alone grew by 19.22% YTD. In comparison with all different power sources, photo voltaic-generated electrical energy has loved the quickest progress price to this point in 2019 — that for pure gasoline, for instance, was simply 6.71%. Nuclear energy grew by a mere 0.08%, whereas coal-generated electrical energy plunged by 14.46%.
For the primary 10 months of 2019, the combo of renewables accounted for 18.18% of the nation’s electrical era, in comparison with 17.57% throughout the identical time interval a year earlier. Renewable power sources have been additionally 21.95% of whole out there put in producing capability — up from 20.76% a year earlier.