US Wind Power Surpasses Hydro Capacity

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Wind Power became the largest renewable eenergy source in the United States last year.

Official Press Release EIA:

U.S. wind generating capacity surpasses hydro capacity at the end of 2016

Installed wind electric generating capacity in the United States surpassed conventional hydroelectric generating capacity, long the nation’s largest source of renewable electricity, after 8,727 megawatts (MW) of new wind capacity came online in 2016.

However, given the hydro fleet’s higher average capacity factors and the above-normal precipitation on the West Coast so far this year, hydro generation will likely once again exceed wind generation in 2017. Wind and hydro generation both follow strong seasonal patterns. Hydro generation typically reaches its seasonal peak in the spring and early summer, especially in the Pacific Northwest and California where about half of U.S. hydropower is produced. Across most of the country, wind generation typically peaks in... ... More: Official Press Release EIA

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