Tuesday, March 8, 2016

War On Coal -- March 8, 2016

According to EIA: just slightly less than 14 gigawatts (GW) of electricity sourced by steam coal retired in 2015. However, note: The coal-fired generating units retired in 2015 tended to be older and smaller in capacity than the coal generation fleet that continues to operate.

Was that replaced? If so how? I'm sure there will be better updates later and better sources, but for now, this source:
In 2015, those particularly excellent trends continued. Though we won’t have complete data until next spring, the country will likely install 7.4 gigawatts of solar energy through Dec. 31 of this year.
Wind power is also flying, with almost 3.6 gigawatts coming online in the first three quarters of this year and more than 13,000 megawatts now under construction.
  • 7.4 GW: solar
  • 16.6 GW: wind
  • Total: 24 GW (optimistic estimate)

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