“Wind and solar will represent more than two-thirds of new energy production to come online in 2021, while battery storage capacity is set to quadruple over the next year” reports UtilityDive magazine.
Electric generation additions are happening across the nation. Check the map from the Energy Information Agency.
Developers and power plant owners plan for 39.7 gigawatts (GW) of new electricity generating capacity to start commercial operation in 2021, says the EIA. Solar will account for the largest share of new capacity at 39%, followed by wind at 31%. About 3% of the new capacity will come from the new nuclear reactor at the Vogtle power plant in Georgia. That one nuclear plant makes an impression on the additions of new energy, showing how much carbon-free energy comes from nuclear.
All of this is a big deal. Take a look at the chart from the Energy Information Agency.
Renewable energy is still a ways from becoming the dominant source of energy on the U.S. electric grid, but wind and solar will remain the resources of choice for new development in 2021.
Another interesting item in the table is that “batteries” are classified as electric generation. Batteries, of course, make no power. This shows how fluid the industry is becoming in how it looks at energy.
Even with current polices, which of course often change with politics, UtilityDive reports one expert saying that, “The current rate of renewable energy deployment will see wind and solar overtaking fossil fuels as the source of the majority of U.S. energy by the early 2030s.”
Feature image is of a NextEra Energy solar installation.