EIA Predicts Which Way the Wind Will Blow in 2020
Renewables will continue to play a growing role in energy generation. Of the 42 gigawatts (GW) of new power capacity expected to go online in 2020, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts solar and wind will represent almost 32 GW, or 76 percent, of these additions.
“Wind accounts for the largest share of these additions at 44 percent, followed by solar and natural gas at 32 percent and 22 percent, respectively,” EIA said. “The remaining 2 percent comes from hydroelectric generators and battery storage.” The majority of wind capacity, or more than 11.2 GW, is scheduled to come online in November and December of 2020, which EIA noted is typical for solar and wind applications.
EIA said planned natural gas capacity additions in 2020 will amount to 9.3 GW.