The U.S. electrical generating capacity by renewable energy sources has surpassed that of coal for the first time in history. The claim is based on an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign report recently released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Renewable energy sources, such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, and wind power, are gaining traction based on data collected through April 20, 2019.
FERC’s latest monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update” report indicates that 18 units of new wind capacity (1,545 MW) and 102 units of new solar capacity (1,473 MW) were added during the first four months of this year. Adding in the four units of new hydropower (29 MW) pushes renewable energy sources share of total available installed U.S. generating capacity up to 21.56%. Note coal’s share dropped to 21.55%, which is lower than the 23.04% for coal a year ago.
FERC’s 6-page “Energy Infrastructure Update for April 2019” was released on June 7, 2019. The update includes tables entitled “New Generation In-Service (New Build and Expansion),” “Total Available Installed Generating Capacity” and “Proposed Generation Additions and Retirements by May 2022.”
The SUN DAY Campaign is a non-profit research and educational organization founded in 1992. It provides support for a rapid transition to 100% reliance on sustainable energy technologies as a cost-effective alternative to nuclear power and fossil fuels and as a solution to climate change.
FERC’s Mission is to support economically efficient, safe, reliable, and secure energy for consumers. They assist consumers in obtaining economically efficient, safe, reliable, and secure energy services at a reasonable cost through appropriate regulatory and market means, and collaborative efforts.