Renewables accounted for nearly half of all new energy capacity additions in the U.S. in 2017 and outpaced natural gas additions for the fourth time, Futurism reported.
According to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission report, the U.S. added 12,270 megawatts of energy from renewables such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind energy in 2017. Wind and solar power made up the bulk of those additions.
The U.S. did not add any new coal capacity during the year but did add 11,980 MW of natural gas capacity, marking the fourth consecutive year that renewables outpaced natural gas. However, coal still dominates renewables in terms of the nation’s total energy capacity – 23 percent versus 10 percent.
“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,” said Ken Bossong, Executive Director of the SUN DAY Campaign.