The U.S. Energy Administration today reported natural gas, solar, and wind lead power plant capacity additions in the first half of 2014. The EIA’s publication, Electric Power Monthly, claimed preliminary data showed power plants generated electricity from these sources; however, the numbers are down 40% from last year at this time. Florida, California, Utah, and Texas led the pack with the most additions from January to June. As carbon emissions regulations begin to take effect, natural gas power generation has begun to take center stage. Power plants are no exceptions.
In the first six months of 2014, 4,350 megawatts (MW) of new utility-scale generating capacity came online, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Electric Power Monthly. Natural gas plants, almost all combined-cycle plants, made up more than half of the additions, while solar plants contributed more than a quarter and wind plants around one-sixth. For more information and to evaluate the numbers for yourself, read the EIA report here.