Nearly half of utility-scale ability commissioned in 2017 came from renewables

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Once final information are in, EIA expects about 25 gigawatts (GW) of new utility-scale electric generating ability to have been combined to a energy grid during 2017, scarcely half of that use renewable technologies, generally breeze and solar. Another 3.5 GW of small-scale solar net ability additions are estimated to have come online in 2017.

Illustration by U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Of a renewable ability additions in 2017, some-more than half came online during a fourth quarter. Renewable ability additions are mostly top in a final months of a year, in partial given of timing education for federal, state, or internal taxation incentives. Estimated fourth-quarter ability additions for 2017 are formed on designed additions reported to EIA and are theme to change formed on tangible plan completions.

Monthly U.S. renewable electricity era appearance in Mar during 67.5 billion kilowatthours, or 21% of sum utility-scale electricity generation. In late spring, a melting snowpack from a winter characterized by higher-than-average levels of flood increasing hydroelectric generation, while clever breeze resources in Mar also constructed a rise in monthly breeze era for a year.

Most renewable era in 2017 came from a Western census division, that accounted for a infancy of a hydroelectric (67%) and solar (69%) generation. Wind era was some-more uniformly widespread opposite a nation in 2017, with 37% occurring in a Midwest, 37% in a South, 21% in a West, and a remaining 4% in a Northeast.

Illustration by U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Other renewable electricity highlights in 2017

  • In February, Maryland increased a renewables era aim in a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 25% of sell electricity sales by 2020, replacing a progressing aim of 20% by 2022.
  • For a initial time, monthly electricity era from breeze and solar (including utility-scale plants and small-scale systems) exceeded 10% of sum electricity generation in a United States in March.
  • In early spring, California’s sum solar share of sum electricity direct exceeded 50% during a mid-day hours, resulting in disastrous pricing.
  • From Mar by May, U.S. monthly electricity era from utility-scale renewable sources exceeded chief generation for a initial time given Jul 1984.
  • On Aug 21, a solar eclipse obscured a object indispensable to beget electricity during approximately 1,900 utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) energy plants in a United States. Solar energy outlay in a California Independent System Operator (CAISO) segment fell to a low of 3.6 GW during limit obscuration, about 60% reduce than normal.

Source: EIA

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Once final information are in, EIA expects about 25 gigawatts (GW) of new utility-scale electric generating ability to have been combined to a energy grid during 2017, scarcely half of that use renewable technologies, generally breeze and solar. Another 3.5 GW of small-scale solar net ability additions are estimated to have come online in 2017.

Illustration by U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Of a renewable ability additions in 2017, some-more than half came online during a fourth quarter. Renewable ability additions are mostly top in a final months of a year, in partial given of timing education for federal, state, or internal taxation incentives. Estimated fourth-quarter ability additions for 2017 are formed on designed additions reported to EIA and are theme to change formed on tangible plan completions.

Monthly U.S. renewable electricity era appearance in Mar during 67.5 billion kilowatthours, or 21% of sum utility-scale electricity generation. In late spring, a melting snowpack from a winter characterized by higher-than-average levels of flood increasing hydroelectric generation, while clever breeze resources in Mar also constructed a rise in monthly breeze era for a year.

Most renewable era in 2017 came from a Western census division, that accounted for a infancy of a hydroelectric (67%) and solar (69%) generation. Wind era was some-more uniformly widespread opposite a nation in 2017, with 37% occurring in a Midwest, 37% in a South, 21% in a West, and a remaining 4% in a Northeast.

Illustration by U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Other renewable electricity highlights in 2017

  • In February, Maryland increased a renewables era aim in a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 25% of sell electricity sales by 2020, replacing a progressing aim of 20% by 2022.
  • For a initial time, monthly electricity era from breeze and solar (including utility-scale plants and small-scale systems) exceeded 10% of sum electricity generation in a United States in March.
  • In early spring, California’s sum solar share of sum electricity direct exceeded 50% during a mid-day hours, resulting in disastrous pricing.
  • From Mar by May, U.S. monthly electricity era from utility-scale renewable sources exceeded chief generation for a initial time given Jul 1984.
  • On Aug 21, a solar eclipse obscured a object indispensable to beget electricity during approximately 1,900 utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) energy plants in a United States. Solar energy outlay in a California Independent System Operator (CAISO) segment fell to a low of 3.6 GW during limit obscuration, about 60% reduce than normal.

Source: EIA

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