Renewables Power 90% of New Electricity Capacity in January - The Minute



The figures for new renewable energy sources for January have been added up, and the numbers show continuing rapid growth in the sector. Ninety percent of the new electricity generation capacity added in the U.S. in January came from solar and wind energy, according to CleanTechnica. The breakout shows that 54% came from wind, 26% from rooftop solar, 10% percent from natural gas, and 8% from utility-scale solar PV. January 2015’s 90% of added renewables compares well with January 2014, when solar and wind accounted for 94% of added electricity generation capacity. For all of 2014, solar and wind energy accounted for 55% of new capacity, while all renewables together accounted for 57%. Natural gas accounted for the remaining 42%.

While renewables are responsible for the majority of new generation growth, they are still a small portion of the overall energy mix. All renewables combined equal 17% of the sources of currently installed electricity generation capacity. But the rising numbers show a clear trend: our future energy needs will increasingly come from clean energy sources.

I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

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