According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Energy Projects, renewable energy sources accounted for 24.93 percent of new domestic electrical generating capacity installed in the first six months of 2013 for a total of 2,144MW. That is more than that provided thus far this year by coal (1,579MW – 18.36 percent), oil (26MW – 0.30 percent), and nuclear power (0MW) combined. However, natural gas dominated the first half of 2013 with 4,852MW of new capacity (56.41 percent).
Among renewable energy sources, solar led the way for the first half of 2013 with 94 new “units” totaling 979MW followed by wind with 8 units totaling 959MW. Biomass added 36 new units totaling 116MW while water had 8 new units with an installed capacity of 76 MW and geothermal steam had one new unit (14MW).
Renewable sources account for nearly 16 percent of total installed U.S. operating generating capacity: water – 8.52 percent; wind – 5.17 percent; biomass – 1.31 percent; solar – 0.48 percent; and geothermal steam – 0.33 percent. This is more than nuclear (9.05 percent) and oil (3.51 percent) combined.