Half of new electricity capacity in the US came from renewables during 2012

17 January 2013

NEW YORK: New Government figures show that clean energy made up almost half of all the new electricity generating capacity that was installed in the US in 2012.

The data comes from a report called Energy Infrastructure Update by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects.

In its lists of specific energy highlights, the report states that just under 13 gigawatts of clean energy capacity was added in 2012, which is around 50% more than 2011’s total of 8.5 gigawatts.

Of these lofty figures, wind dominates, with almost 10.7 gigawatts of new projects. This means that wind accounts for 5% of the US’s total electricity capacity in 2012.

Other clean energy capacity included almost 1.5 gigawatts of solar, and over 0.5 gigawatts of biomass.

Amy Davidsen, US Director, The Climate Group said: "The new capacity numbers show that we are headed in the right direction, and they point to what is possible for the future. But with renewables accounting for only 15% of total US capacity, we still have a long way to go.

"The transition to clean energy is happening, but it must happen faster if America is to seriously compete in the global race to lead the clean revolution."

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