Renewables Will Power 2019 Electric Generation
The annual inventory of electric generators released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reveals that the vast majority of new electric generation capacity in 2019 will come from renewables and natural gas.
Of the anticipated 13.7 gigawatts (GW) of capacity that EIA expects to be created in 2019, almost half (46 percent) should be from wind, while 34 percent should be from natural gas, and 18 percent should be from solar energy.
On the other side of the electric generation equation, the majority of electric generation closures anticipated for 2019 will likely be of coal-based sources of power. For example, 53 percent of closed capacity, representing 4.5 GW, will be from the closure of coal-fired plants.
Natural gas and renewable closures are relatively small and, in general, reflect the closures of old plants that, in some cases, have been operating for more than 60 years.