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Data Point: Bulk of New U.S. Electricity-Generation Capacity in December Was From Wind and Solar

S&P Global Market Intelligence:

Almost all of the 3,224 MW of U.S. generating capacity completed in December 2017 is fueled by renewable resources, with wind contributing 2,238 MW and solar another 950 MW.

Among the 650 MW of new projects announced in December was a 250-MW gas-fired plant in Michigan that will replace an older, coal-fired plant now slated for retirement.

The largest completed project to begin operations in December was the 306-MW first phase of the Radford’s Run and Lake Fork Wind Farms (Twin Forks) in Macon County, Ill. The project’s owner is E.ON SE subsidiary E.ON Climate & Renewables.

The second-largest project to come online is the 300-MW Red Dirt Wind Farm located in Kingfisher County, Okla. The project is operated by Enel Green Power North America.

The 300-MW Silverlake Wind Energy Center is the largest project to be announced in December 2017. Located in Reno County, Kan., the project is owned by NextEra Energy Inc. subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources LLC, and has an estimated construction cost of $585 million.

More ($): More than 3,200 MW of renewables added to US grid in December 2017 

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