Quantcast
Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

Help Support EcoWatch

Renewable Energy Capacity Outpacing Coal, Oil and Nuclear Combined

Business
Renewable Energy Capacity Outpacing Coal, Oil and Nuclear Combined

The installation of new renewable energy capacity this year is outpacing oil, coal and nuclear sources combined.

Categorized as renewable energy, solar, biomass, geothermal, water and wind sources collectively represented 30 percent of all new power capacity installed through the first nine months of this year, according to a report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Office of Energy Projects. That places renewables second behind natural gas.

These figures represent capacity, as opposed to actual generation, FERC reminds readers in the report. Renewables have accounted for about 14 percent of all generation since the beginning of 2013.

Natural gas continues to dominate the market, with 5,854 new megawatts (MW) installed this year. During the same period last year, 775 fewer MWs were installed.

New renewable-powered capacity accounts for 3,218 MW this year. New coal capacity totaled 1,543 MW, while oil and nuclear combined for just 27 MW.

Solar energy was the top sub-category of renewable energy, with the installation of 146 projects installed for nearly 2,000 MW.

At 5,042 MW, wind projects installed in 2012's first nine months exceeded the output of all renewable energy during the same period this year. In all, 6,703 MW of renewable energy capacity was installed across the country during the first nine months of 2012.

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables will boost the immune system. Stevens Fremont / The Image Bank / Getty Images

By Grayson Jaggers

The connection between the pandemic and our dietary habits is undeniable. The stress of isolation coupled with a struggling economy has caused many of us to seek comfort with our old friends: Big Mac, Tom Collins, Ben and Jerry. But overindulging in this kind of food and drink might not just be affecting your waistline, but could potentially put you at greater risk of illness by hindering your immune system.

Read More Show Less

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

A graphic shows how Rhoel Dinglasan's smartphone-based saliva test works. University of Florida

As the world continues to navigate the line between reopening and maintaining safety protocols to slow the spread of the coronavirus, rapid and accurate diagnostic screening remains critical to control the outbreak. New mobile-phone-based, self-administered COVID-19 tests being developed independently around the world could be a key breakthrough in making testing more widely available, especially in developing nations.

Read More Show Less

Trending

A meteorologist monitors weather in NOAA's Center for Weather and Climate Prediction on July 2, 2013 in Riverdale, Maryland. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

The Trump White House is now set to appoint two climate deniers to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in one month.

Read More Show Less
A plastic bag caught in a tree in New Jersey's Palisades Park. James Leynse / Stone / Getty Images

New Jersey is one step closer to passing what environmental advocates say is the strongest anti-plastic legislation in the nation.

Read More Show Less

Did you know that nearly 30% of adults do, or will, suffer from a sleep condition at some point in their life? Anyone who has experienced disruptions in their sleep is familiar with the havoc that it can wreak on your body and mind. Lack of sleep, for one, can lead to anxiety and lethargy in the short-term. In the long-term, sleep deprivation can lead to obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Fortunately, there are proven natural supplements that can reduce insomnia and improve quality sleep for the better. CBD oil, in particular, has been scientifically proven to promote relaxing and fulfilling sleep. Best of all, CBD is non-addictive, widely available, and affordable for just about everyone to enjoy. For these very reasons, we have put together a comprehensive guide on the best CBD oil for sleep. Our goal is to provide objective, transparent information about CBD products so you are an informed buyer.

Read More Show Less

Support Ecowatch