Energy Manager Today
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)’s latest monthly Energy Infrastructure Update report shows electrical generating capacity by renewable energy sources edging past that of coal in the United States for the first time, according to the Sun Day Campaign’s analysis this week.
Sun Day Campaign is a nonprofit research and educational organization that promotes sustainable energy technologies. Executive director Ken Bossong analyzed FERC’s six-page Energy Infrastructure Update for April 2019, which was published on June 7 and contains data through April 30. He spotted that during the first four months of the year saw the addition of 1,545 MW of new wind capacity and 1,473 MW of new solar capacity, plus 29 MW of new hydropower.
Renewable energy’s share of total available installed US generating capacity rose to 21.56%, Bossong said. “By comparison, coal’s share dropped to 21.55%, down from 23.04% a year ago.”
In May, coal and renewable energy installed capacity were virtually tied.