U.S. wind-generating capacity jumps 17% from ’16 to ’18: STEO 🔓

U.S. wind generating electricity capacity at the end of 2016 was 82,000 megawatts (MW), with additions expected to bring total capacity to 88,000 MW by the end of 2017, and 96,000 MW by Dec. 31, 2018, the Energy Information Administration projects.

Total U.S. utility-scale solar electricity generating capacity at the end of 2016 was 22,000 MW, EIA reported in the just-released Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), Kallanish Energy reports.

EIA expects solar capacity additions to bring total utility-scale solar capacity to 27,000 MW by the end of 2017, and to more than 30,000 MW by the end of 2018.

Generation from small-scale solar (installations less than 1 MW) is expected to increase by 28% in 2017, and by 23% in 2018.

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