Wind Energy FAQs: Generation Capacity

U.S. Installed Electrical Generation Capacity

In the last few years there has been a significant shift in the nation’s installed generation capacity: most notably – a substantial reduction from non-renewable and ‘carbon-heavy’ to renewable and ‘carbon-light’ forms of generation. The following chart illustrates and shows a significant reduction in, most notably, coal-fired generation capacity and a correspondingly large increase in wind, solar and natural gas.

President Trump campaigned on a platform of reversing the decline in coal-fired generation capacity. However the following chart, which shows the monthly change in generation type from January 2011 to December 2017, indicates that no such halt has been achieved. Indeed, there has been no notable change in the rate of coal plant closures.