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Between April 2015 and March 2016, there is a cumulative total of 88,953 megawatts of new electric utility capacity planned. This new capacity will add to the current U.S. capacity of about 1,071,000 megawatts. Over half (53%) of the new capacity that is planned comes from natural gas while 24% comes from wind and 11% from solar. Just 2% of the new planned capacity comes from coal. Most of the planned wind energy is in the mid-section of the United States extending from Texas to North Dakota. Most of the new solar capacity is in the southwest with the exception of North Carolina which also has a lot of new solar planned—1,652 megawatts which is 16% of all new solar capacity planned from April 2015 to March 2016. During this same timeframe, utility generators representing 40,095 megawatts of capacity are set to retire. Nearly three-fourths (73%) of the capacity being retired is from coal, predominantly in the Midwest and Southeast.

Electricity Generating Units Planned to Come Online from April 2015 to March 2016

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Electric Generating Units Planned for Retirement from April 2015 to March 2016

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Note: Other includes conventional hydroelectric, geothermal, hydrokinetic, landfill gas, municipal solid waste, nuclear, other gases, other waste biomass, petroleum liquids, batteries, and wood/wood waste biomass.

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Supporting Information

Electricity Generating Units Planned to Come Online from April 2015 to March 2016
Net Summer Capacity (Megawatts)
StateFuel Source
CoalNatural GasSolarWindAll OtherTotal
Alaska6799  56222
Alabama    6262
Arizona 3,87544130 4,345
California4133,1064,7073374389,000
Colorado 6251222283978
Connecticut 9020 8118
District of Columbia    1010
Delaware 3091  310
Florida 2,500154 1002,753
Georgia850 120 2,2503,220
Hawaii  582518101
Iowa 692 692661,450
Idaho 540 1357
Illinois 571 1,341551,967
Indiana 1,2862127051,582
Kansas 225 723 947
Kentucky 1,43010 2701,710
Louisiana 618  15633
Massachusetts 6813844736
Maryland 1,84410230872,171
Maine 55 780 835
Michigan 143 100 243
Minnesota 4322646401,120
Missouri 244  28
Montana   371 371
North Carolina 4601,652 82,120
North Dakota 192 501 693
Nebraska  4411 415
New Hampshire   12 12
New Jersey 2,23027  2,257
New Mexico 8065728 873
Nevada  1,368200251,593
New York21,62019567202,228
Ohio 1,99180817 2,888
Oklahoma 1,09232,02333,121
Oregon 2,430529252,732
Pennsylvania14,142  1004,244
Rhode Island   44 44
South Carolina  46 2,2002,246
South Dakota   178 178
Tennessee 371  1,1221,493
Texas 10,1246406,3442617,134
Utah 20147618235894
Virginia 2,836201282,876
Vermont    3333
Washington   126610736
Wisconsin 700 98 798
West Virginia 355  269624
Wyoming62580 3,050 3,755
Total U.S.1,95847,51210,11621,3648,00288,953

Source: Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly March 2015, Washington, DC, May 2015, Table 6.5.

 

 

Electric Generating Units Planned for Retirement from April 2015 to March 2016
Net Summer Capacity (Megawatts)
StateFuel Source
CoalNatural GasSolarWindAll OtherTotal
Alaska 44   44
Alabama1,789   561,845
Arizona260    260
California 2,00425692,071
Colorado33660 25 421
Connecticut    1717
Florida1,568392  1842,144
Georgia2,217115  1242,456
Hawaii180   15195
Iowa418282  62762
Illinois859   17876
Indiana1,95415  31,972
Kansas5412   66
Kentucky2,951    2,951
Louisiana 95   95
Massachusetts1,07119  4351,525
Maryland1,196    1,196
Michigan36155  2418
Minnesota534493  2181,244
Missouri759   5764
Mississippi 351   351
New Jersey 1,307  1,4902,797
New Mexico8372331  1,071
Nevada511315  6832
New York    5555
Ohio2,820   132,833
Oklahoma942673   1,615
Oregon585   5590
Pennsylvania146    146
South Carolina250    250
Tennessee1,206    1,206
Texas1,368844   2,212
Utah172   1173
Virginia8783   881
Washington670   4151,085
Wisconsin740164  1931,096
West Virginia1,580    1,580
Total U.S.29,2117,4743823,32540,095

Source: Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly March 2015, Washington, DC, May 2015, Table 6.6.

 

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