Over 10,000 MW of Wind Power installed in US in 2012

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Over 10,000 MW of Wind Power installed in US in 2012

Postby Kevin » Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:23 pm

Wind Beats Out Natural Gas To Become Top Source Of New Electricity Capacity For 2012
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/0 ... -for-2012/

The numbers came from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s report on the trends and highlights in U.S. energy for the past year. According to FERC’s update, natural gas installed 8,746 megawatts of new capacity, coal installed 4,510 new megawatts, and solar came in fourth with 1,476 new megawatts. Here’s the relevant table from the report, conveniently highlighted by Business Insider:


Seems like the great performance in new wind capacity (and pretty good solar too, considering obstacles) ought to dilute the conventional meme that coal generation has declined recently specifically due to low natural gas prices.

Pending a solid analysis, it seems worth mentioning new wind capacity as well, in that regard. MSM please note. :-)

It’s a whole different energy world where wind power is significantly displacing fossil fuel, and not just one fossil against another.

(And any such trend is likely to be missed looking at the conventional EIA stats, which focus mainly on fossil fuel emissions, so don’t highlight non-fossil trends.)
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Re: Over 10,000 MW of Wind Power installed in US in 2012

Postby WalkerARCHITECTS » Wed May 08, 2013 4:14 pm

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Wind power has been the fastest-growing source of new electric power generation for several years. In 2010, generation from wind power increased 28.1 percent over 2009, bringing the share of total generation to 2.3 percent. This followed year-over-year generation gains of 33.4 percent in 2008, 60.7 percent in 2008, 29.6 percent in 2007, and 49.3 percent in 2006 (See the "Electric Power Annual" Table ES.1). Wind capacity in 20109 totaled 39,135 megawatts (MW), as compared to 24,651 MW in 2008.

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