More than 12GW of new wind power capacity is due online in the US in 2021 – just over half the capacity believed to have been commissioned last year – according to government data.
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts 12.2GW of new wind power capacity will be commissioned in the US this year, accounting for 31% of total new electricity generating capacity due to be brought online in 2021.
The EIA believes a record 21GW of new wind power capacity was commissioned in the US in 2020, based on reported additions in the first ten months of the year, plus planned additions in November and December.
Renewables will account for the majority (27.6GW, 70%) of the 39.7GW of new generation capacity due online in 2021, according to EIA forecasts.
Solar PV additions are expected to grow from an estimated 12GW in 2020 to 15.4GW this year. This means solar PV will account for 39% of all new generation capacity in the US this year, and will be the largest single source of new capacity.