Wednesday, February 3, 2016

USA: Geothermal Energy Added 48 MW of Capacity in 2015

Renewable energy breaks new record in the U.S (GreentechLead)

Renewable energy, which includes biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind accounted for 63.85 percent of the 16,485 megawatts (MW) of new electrical generation placed in service in the U.S during 2015.

The findings are based on the recently released “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Energy Projects.

According to the report, 69 new “units” of wind accounted for 7,977 MW of new generating capacity – or nearly half (48.39 percent) of all new capacity for the year. That is a third more than the 5,942 MW of new capacity provided by 50 units of natural gas.

Among the other renewable sources, solar placed second with 2,042 MW (238 units) followed by biomass with 305 MW (26 units), hydropower with 153 MW (21 units), and geothermal steam with 48 MW (2 units).

According to the report geothermal steam has 3.91 GW of installed capacity providing 0.33% of total capacity.

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