Renewable energy sources accounted for 41.14 percent of new electrical generating capacity installed in October and 46.22 percent for the first 10 months of 2012, according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects. In October, 10 new wind power projects (594 MW) came on line, as well as three biomass projects (69 MW), 10 solar projects (59 MW) and one water-power project (5 MW).
By comparison, new natural gas capacity additions since Jan. 1 totaled 67 projects (5,702 MW) or 37.8 percent, while three new coal projects added 2,276 MW, or 15.1 percent. Nuclear and oil represented just 0.8 percent and 0.1 percent of new capacity additions, respectively.
The new renewable energy generating capacity added in 2012 represents a 47.7 percent increase over the level recorded for the same period in 2011, according to FERC. Renewable sources now account for 14.93 percent of total installed US operating generating capacity — more than nuclear (9.27 percent) and oil (4.32 percent) combined.
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