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Renewables in USA: Solar & Wind deliver stunning 98% of new U.S. power capacity in January, February 2018

Renewables in USA: Solar & Wind deliver stunning 98% of new U.S. power capacity in January, February 2018
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Solar and wind power was responsible for a remarkable 98 percent of all new U.S. power generation capacity that came online in the first two months of 2018.

According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) latest “Energy Infrastructure Update,” the overwhelming majority of new power plants set up in January and February were renewable energy projects.

As FERC reports, during these two months, 1,568 Megawatts of wind and 565 MW of solar power capacity were put into service — along with just 40 MW of natural gas.
New U.S. generation capacity added in January, February. CREDIT: Renewables Now, FERC
NEW U.S. GENERATION CAPACITY ADDED IN JANUARY, FEBRUARY. CREDIT: RENEWABLES NOW, FERC

While President Trump and Energy Secretary Rick Perry have been promoting policies that favor fossil fuel generation over renewables, FERC reports that most of the big new renewable energy projects came online in states that voted for Trump.

These projects include the 170 MW Beaver Creek Wind Project in Iowa, the 168 MW Prairie Wind Project, also in Iowa, and the 81 MW Stuttgart Solar Project in Arkansas.

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