Monday, November 4, 2019

USA: Government Agency Estimates Additional 860 MW Geothermal Energy Over the Next Three Years

U.S. renewable energy generating capacity to grow by 47 gigawatts—FERC data (

According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency has once again revised its three-year forecast for changes in the U.S. electrical generating capacity mix. Sharp declines are foreseen for fossil fuels and nuclear power while renewable energy (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) is forecast to experience even stronger growth than previously projected.

FERC’s latest monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update” report (with data through August 31, 2019) indicates that “proposed additions under construction” and “proposed retirements” combined could result in a net decrease in the generating capacity of fossil fuels (i.e., coal, natural gas, oil) as well as a net decline of nearly five percent (4.56%) in nuclear capacity by August 2022.

FERC predicts that geothermal energy will add another 860 MW by August 2022. It records 6 units with 280 MW of capacity are currently under construction. The total available installed capacity of geothermal steam in the U.S. as of August 2019 is 3,840 MW or 0.32% of total energy capacity.

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