New database provides monthly register and standing of U.S. electric generating plants

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EIA’s recently introduced Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory consolidates now accessible information on electric generators into a singular product. This new database will capacitate users to brand monthly changes in generator standing and to lane units that are being combined or late from a generating fleet.

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Image credit: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Monthly tracking of electricity generator additions is quite critical given a fast boost in utility-scale (1 megawatt or greater) solar generating units, that have been commissioned during a rate of 24 plants per month in 2015 and comment for scarcely two-thirds of a sum plants combined this year. The full database includes 19,914 handling appetite plants with some-more than a million megawatts of net summer ability (as of Sep 2015), as good as 1,080 designed plants, 2,989 late plants, and 687 canceled or deferred plants.

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Image credit: U.S. Energy Information Administration

The new database integrates information submitted on a monthly consult Form EIA-860M, Monthly Update to Annual Electric Generator Report, and on a annual consult Form EIA-860, Annual Electric Generator Report, and provides information on plant operators, generator fuel and type, operator, and handling status. Generators can be analyzed by sector, state, capacity, record type, appetite source, and primary inciter (i.e., a device used to renovate one form of energy, ordinarily mechanical, into electric energy).

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Image credit: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Another useful aspect of a new database is a spreadsheet inventory designed ability additions. This information marks a standing of electric generators 1 MW or larger by plant, sector, state, technology, designed operation date, and a stream standing of any project. These values simulate designed additions reported by plan developers rather than projections such as those in a Short-Term Energy Outlook or a Annual Energy Outlook.

The month of Dec typically has a high series of reported additions. The year-end death of taxation credits in certain years can lead to a rush of activity during a finish of a calendar year. Large reported Dec values are also attributable to how respondents news a data; many projects approaching to start operation someday during a sold year are conservatively estimated for a Dec execution date.

Planned additions from Oct 2015 by a finish of 2016 are roughly wholly stoical of breeze (39% of total), solar (29%), and healthy gas (26%) generators, as totalled by net summer capacity.

The information in a Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory will be updated and published monthly as partial of EIA’s Electric Power Monthly.

Source: EIA