Earlier this yr within the US, vitality era from wind, photo voltaic, and hydroelectric dams mixed to high coal era for over two months straight. This was the product of spring peaks in renewable era and lowered electrical demand throughout lockdowns, however these occasions have been layered on high of coal’s persevering with decline and the long-term progress of renewables. A brand new report from the Lawrence Berkeley Nationwide Laboratory appears to be like again at 2019—what’s now generally known as the Earlier than Instances—to tally up year-end totals for the wind trade.
The topline quantity is that somewhat over 9 gigawatts of wind capability was added final yr—barely greater than in every of the 4 earlier years. Wind accounts for about one-third of all new era added in 2019, and it ticked as much as seven p.c of all electrical energy generated within the US.
However as for the grid carrying that electrical energy, somewhat below 1,000 miles of transmission strains have been constructed final yr—the second lowest quantity within the final 10 years.
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